Sebastian Vettel has had mixed feelings about the double yellow flag in the final phase of qualifying. The German immediately broke off his fast lap, but then saw the yellow flag disappear like snow in the sun. According to the German, that has everything to do with Max Verstappen.
In the final phase of qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly suddenly had a blowout on start/finish. According to protocol, the double yellow flag was then waved. This means that the drivers have to reduce their speed considerably, and abort their lap. As a result, a lot of drivers were unable to improve their time, including Vettel, who eventually qualified tenth.
Mystery of the Yellow Flag
“I’m quite happy,” said Vettel after qualifying. “We qualified better than a Red Bull, Ferrari and a McLaren, so I think we can be happy with that. It was a bit of a shame. When I drove in the last sector I got a yellow flag. Then it disappeared. that yellow flag all of a sudden, that was probably because Max was coming.”
Vettel doubts he could have made a big step in the times list if he could have just completed his lap. “It was just a bit disappointing to have the yellow flag,” he explains. “I don’t know if it was a single yellow or a double yellow, but if there’s a car on the track it should be a double yellow – and double yellow means you have to ‘break the lap’, so I did . But maybe I was the only one.”