Knowing that Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has mightily impressive in all the qualifying sessions so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season, the 24-years-old n his second run in Q3 and attempting to try to knock Lewis Hamilton off the pole spot when AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly had stopped on the start-finish straight. Having struck a kerb that ripped off the team’s front wing and gave him a right-front puncture, Gasly had driven slowly around the final corner before stopping near the pit-wall.
Just then, Max Verstappen passed a set of double waved yellow flags on his left before completing his lap, which ended up being a slight improvement against arch rival, Lewis Hamilton in the particular session. To those who are not aware, Formula 1’s rules on yellow flags are very strict and as per the event notes sent by race director Michael Masi ahead of the weekend, drivers must abandon laps when double waved yellows are shown.
Will Max Verstappen face a grid penalty?
The event notes state as per Autopsort, “Any driver passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop.
“In order for the stewards to be satisfied that any such driver has complied with these requirements it must be clear that he has not attempted to set a meaningful lap time, for practical purposes any driver in a double yellow sector will have that lap time deleted.”
Max Verstappen’s hearing with the stewards will take place at 1pm local time (10am GMT) tomorrow, which is several hours before the start of the Qatar GP.
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