GP Qatar F1 2021 Max has to explain why he didn’t slow down with yellow flags in the third quarter
sKnife tension cuts through Qatar, every action is watched, reviewed and analyzed as well as every spoiler and every element of the cars that play the title. Although this time it is a disciplinary measure And it could have consequences for Max Verstappen in particular.
It all came after that Yellow flags caused by Pierre Gasly at the end of the third quarter for Qatar, The moment when it is necessary to reduce the speed on the track, more or less quickly depending on whether it is single or double flags. And in Verstappen’s case, they were doubles, taking the last lap and second on the grid. The regulations are comprehensive: “Any driver passing through a sector with double yellow flags should slow down significantly, and it should be clear that they did not attempt to set a high lap time. Any driver in a sector with double yellow flags will be cleared for that lap time.” Max can give positions if he doesn’t count the lap, and more if he’s salted, although it’s not clear if the signal on the steering wheel jumped. Neither he nor Bottas claim to have seen anything, although there are yellow markings on the track in the photos we see.
Announced at 11 am in Spain, followed by Sainz and Bottas, both for the same thing, only that they did not have a double yellow, but a slight one. Verstappen already lost a column very similar to that in 2019 in Mexico and this year Vettel at Bahrin took five penalty points. About this same error.
If nothing comes out of all this, the court’s consequences for not punishing Verstappen for his defense in Brazil remain unclear. There was a meeting of the pilots, Max said, “and everything was clear.” As many competitors appreciate her being as tough as him on the track. It’s the opposite for Lewis: “No. It’s not clear. All the pilots, except Max, only asked for clarification, and most of them asked for clarification, but it was not entirely clear. It is not yet clear what the limits of the runway are. Obviously it’s not the white line anymore, when overtaking, but… yeah, we do. We only ask for consistency.”