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No further action over Verstappen manoeuvre

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24/05/2018

The Monaco stewards have opted not to take any further action following an incident during today's opening session involving Max Verstappen.

Having locked up going into Turn 1, Verstappen headed off into the escape road. Remaining stationary for several moments, the subsequently reversed on to the track at a time Kimi Raikkonen was approaching the corner.

The Red Bull driver was summoned by the stewards after it was alleged he left the track and re-joined in an unsafe manner, a breach of Article 27.3 and 27.4 of the Sporting Regulations.

The Stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from Verstappen and found that yellow flags (first a single yellow and later a double yellow) had been waived to warn other drivers that his car had gone off the track at Turn 1.

Verstappen had to reverse on to the track to rejoin but did so under yellow flags and in a manner that posed no danger to the other drivers.

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1. Posted by bfairey, 26/05/2018 15:19

"When are they going to get rid of the Whiteing guy?"

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2. Posted by PlayF1, 24/05/2018 21:28

""Seems a bit odd to me too. Did Max know there were single and then double waved yellows? "

Exactly...
The Stewards would have far more info than Max did (cos he was 'off track').

Max would simply say 'hey guys ... I reversed in safety'
... who wouldn't say that.

It just adds another grey layer.

Obviously Max is under the cosh ... and we know that, to some extent he deserves it.
However, this call seems weird.

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3. Posted by Mad Matt, 24/05/2018 18:24

"Seems a bit odd to me too. Did Max know there were single and then double waved yellows? "

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4. Posted by PlayF1, 24/05/2018 17:16

"27.3 (relevant) Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is
safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage

27.4 At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be
deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.

I'm wondering why it was necessary to call Max to the Stewards?

They let him off, because they found that yellows had been waved ... but they had the flag timings anyway.
They had the video evidence.

So they called Max to ask him if he'd reversed safely?
What's he gonna say? "

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