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Verstappen handed 3-place grid penalty

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26/10/2019

Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for not heeding the yellow flags in Q3 following Valtteri Bottas' crash.

In addition to studying the relevant video, audio and telemetry evidence, the stewards heard from Verstappen and a Red Bull team representative.

The video, audio and telemetry evidence clearly showed that Verstappen attempted to set a meaningful lap time and failed to reduce his speed in the relevant marshalling sector, contrary to the Appendix H, Article 2.4.5.1 b) as well as, the requirements set out in the item 9.2 of the race director’s event notes (version 3) in breach of Article 12.1.1 I of the FIA International Sporting Code.

Verstappen admitted that he was aware that Bottas had crashed and saw the car on the left hand side of the track, but was not aware of the waved yellow flag. He also admitted not reducing his speed on the yellow sector.

The stewards noted from the on board images that the waved yellow flag was clearly visible and was shown with enough notice. Indeed, the previous driver, Sebastian Vettel, reduced his speed significantly as per the regulations.

Taking into account all the available evidence and the statement from Verstappen, the stewards imposed a drop of 3 grid positions and 2 penalty points.

Verstappen's cause was not helped by comments made at the post-qualifying press conference, indeed it was only after he said that his failure to slow didn't matter that the stewards appeared to take action.

Asked why he didn't back off if he saw the yellow flag, the Red Bull driver replied: "It doesn't matter, does it?

Told that it might, if the FIA was to investigate, he said: "Well, then delete my lap. The second. The other lap was fine as well."

Minded that this was about safety, he said: "Do we have to go there? To safety? I think we know what we are doing - otherwise we would not be driving an F1 car. It's qualifying and, yeah, you go for it. But like I said before, if they want to delete the lap, then delete the lap."

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1. Posted by Racer76, 27/10/2019 16:46

"I'm really not happy about many rules in F 1. But this time I agree. While I like aggressive driving, this was stupid. Vettel, just in front (whom I don't like that much) slowed down. Mad Max thought this is a video game. I have seen those great guys who get next to nothing for their enthusiasm (the marshals) being killed (Melbourne, anyone?). Personally, I think this is a small punishment. And I'm a VER fan"

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2. Posted by DRAGON F1, 27/10/2019 15:40

"Max will be Max, again!
The superiority of the Red Bull car in getting Pole had been totally undone by Max's own big mouth! Lol

I love Max for what he currently brings to F1! "

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3. Posted by F1nerd, 27/10/2019 11:05

"He deserves a penalty for his negative and irrisponsible comments as well as ignoring the safety rules, he obviously thinks he is not included in the rule book."

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4. Posted by Pavlo, 27/10/2019 6:52

"I expected it to happen when watched yesterday, even though commentators didn’t mention. When Sebastian and Lewis visibly slowed down, and then Max improved, looked very suspicious.
Rules are rules and Max is not the first to be penalized for not slowing down under yellow flags."

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5. Posted by Scotiagold, 27/10/2019 4:16

"Klmn....you would think with the past four or five years of Mercedes winning that would put the conspiracy theories to rest. This has nothing to do with helping Ferrari as the constructors has already been handed out and the drivers is just a matter of time. You and the rest of the anti Ferrari fans need to get something new!"

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6. Posted by klmn, 27/10/2019 1:43

"Of course Ferrari gets Fia's help again. Nothing new."

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7. Posted by rtw1951, 27/10/2019 0:35

"Bitch, whine, snivel and moan. This guy is very good at it. If only there was a championship for it, then he might amount to something. "

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