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Max Verstappen has received a five-place grid penalty for the Qatar Grand Prix for ignoring yellow flags during qualifying. Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner thinks it is unjustified, because one of the marshals himself is said to have made a mistake.
Pierre Gasly suffered a blowout on his last run in Q3, after which he tried to guide his AlphaTauri towards the pits with flying rubber. Verstappen, meanwhile, was in the middle of his fast lap, in a last-ditch effort to knock Lewis Hamilton from pole position. The Dutchman did not go out of his way in the last sector, while yellow flags were waved. However, the question was whether the electronic yellow flags were visible to Verstappen.
Grid penalty Verstappen
The competition management has now judged yes. Verstappen has therefore been given a five-place grid penalty. This means that he will not start the Qatar Grand Prix from second, but seventh. An excellent opportunity for Hamilton to further narrow his fourteen-point deficit on the Dutchman.
Red Bull Racing disappointed
Horner is disappointed in the penalty, because the race management itself would have made a mistake. “It went wrong between the race management and their marshals,” it told Sky Germany. “The race management gave the green light, but then one of the marshals decided to wave a yellow flag. We are very disappointed with this decision.”