Prior to the Qatar Grand Prix, the FIA had to wait for the high word. Just over an hour before the start of the race, the verdict came: a five-place grid penalty for Max Verstappen and a three-place grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas. As a result, Bottas will start from P5 and Verstappen from P7.
The two drivers will receive a grid penalty for not slowing down when waving the yellow flags. Pierre Gasly drove hard over the curbs in the final phase of Q3, after which he suffered a blowout. The yellow flag waved, followed by a double yellow flag.
The difference between the penalties at Bottas and Verstappen is that the Mercedes driver did not slow down when a single yellow flag was waved. A three-place grid penalty was imposed for this. Because Verstappen did not slow down with double yellow flags, he received a heavier penalty, namely five places.
Because Bottas’ penalty came earlier, he was moved from P3 to P6, but because Verstappen’s penalty was then added, from P2 to P7, Bottas wins a place again. He therefore starts on P5.