At the end of Q3 in qualifying at the Losail International Circuit, Pierre Gasly suffered a blowout and had to park his car on the long straight towards the start/finish line. Max Verstappen, however, was still doing a fast lap and did not slow down when he drove past Gasly’s stranded car.
In the case of Verstappen, double yellow flags have already been waved along the straight, which means that speed has to be reduced. The Dutchman did not do this and must answer to the stewards of the FIA. He may receive a grid penalty for this, as a result of which he will not start the Qatar GP from P2.
Multiple drivers must report to FIA
Not only Verstappen has to report to the stewards. Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz also have to report to the FIA after the Dutchman. In their case, it was not about ignoring double yellow flags, but a single yellow flag. If there are penalties, Bottas and Sainz will probably receive a lower penalty.
The yellow flags were waved next to the track, but there was no warning on the drivers dashboard. Partly because of this, the subject is still up for discussion and it remains to be seen whether there will actually be a penalty. This can be, for example, a grid penalty of three or five places.