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Verstappen summoned by stewards

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20/11/2021

Max Verstappen has been summoned by the Qatar stewards for an alleged double-waved yellow flag infringement.

The double-waved yellows followed Pierre Gasly's puncture which caused the AlphaTauri driver to stop on the main straight.

Verstappen, who improved his time on his final lap but remained second, had exited the final corner and passed the double yellows being waved on the left side of the circuit.

The summons document, which was issued over two hours after the session, states an "alleged breach of Appendix H, Art. 2.5.5.b) of the FIA International Sporting Code and non-compliance with Race Director's Event Notes 7.1, not respecting double waved yellow flags at 18:00".

The Red Bull driver has been summoned to meet with the stewards at 13:00 (local time) on Sunday, just four hours before the start of the race.

At last year's Austrian Grand Prix, title rival Lewis Hamilton was handed a 3-place grid penalty for ignoring single-waved yellows, the penalty for ignoring double-waved yellows likely to be more severe.

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1. Posted by Editor, 21/11/2021 12:12

"@ Jet Jockey

As we said, dramatic effect

Indeed, we hear that from next season the team principals press conferences will be hosted by Oprah."

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2. Posted by Jet Jockey, 21/11/2021 12:05

"Anyone that has raced at any level and anyone that understands the basic flag rules in racing, knows that even under a single yellow you have to lift and be more cautious… a double waved flag, means slow down immediately, a possible dangerous incident is very close to the flag station and you on the track"

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3. Posted by Jet Jockey, 21/11/2021 12:01

"It is now been said that on closer inspection, the green light is actually the green light in the pits signalling go into the weighbridge"

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4. Posted by kenji, 21/11/2021 11:56

"The delay is maybe because there is conflicting evidence! Some people are quoting that there was no yellow light on the right but there was a green? It's also said that there was no yellow repeater light on his steering wheel. If any of this is true what do the stewards do? No penalty and subsequent riots from the Mercedes camp or a penalty and Red Bull lodge a protest....what a mess."

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5. Posted by Jet Jockey, 21/11/2021 11:51

"What’s taking so long to have a decision? He was summoned for a 13h00 local meeting and now it is almost 15h00 local!"

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6. Posted by Pavlo, 20/11/2021 21:23

"If I am not mistaken, on the onboard video of Max on the right side there are 2 panels with single (nor waved) yellow turning to green. If so, Max could argue that he is not obliged to count all flags, looking at the side of the hazard and seeing „track clear“ there is enough."

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7. Posted by jcr, 20/11/2021 19:36

"Theyowe this to poor Sir Hammi & Toto the way they have been treated !!!"

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8. Posted by Editor, 20/11/2021 19:23

"And they'll announce their decision half an hour before the start

We're being played."

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9. Posted by Superbird70, 20/11/2021 19:22

"@Burton, they need time to the on board video feeds, heh heh heh. "

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10. Posted by Burton, 20/11/2021 19:16

"Tomorrow at 1pm?! They're dragging the decisions deliberately for drama reasons, surely."

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