Max Verstappen will have to start the Qatar Grand Prix from seventh place after receiving a five-place grid penalty. The Red Bull driver did not slow down while waving double yellow flags during qualifying, forcing him to give up his front row starting position to Pierre Gasly.
Following the FIA’s decision, Christian Horner is not happy with the verdict to say the least. “I think it’s the wrong decision, the race director said it could be continued,” the frustrated team boss said. ServusTV.
“Max didn’t see the yellow flag because the flag was waved so far from the track. This is very frustrating. The marshalls were also told that everyone was allowed to continue, but a marshall still waved the yellow flag. That’s why we get now the punishment.”
Horner: “It won’t be easy”
Verstappen and Sergio Perez have a tough race to endure. The drivers start from seventh and eleventh place respectively. Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position. “It’s just a breath of fresh air. We can no longer appeal and are now even more motivated.”
“However, it is not Brazil where it is easy to overtake, so it is not going to be easy. We hope for a good start from Pierre Gasly. Let’s see what happens. The race is still long.”