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F1: Hit Max Verstappen and springboard for Fernando Alonso in Qatar

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F1: Hit Max Verstappen and springboard for Fernando Alonso in Qatar

The Dutchman started seventh after failing to brake during Q3 of qualifying and being punished with five places. The Spanish rider ascends to the third step due to the punishment added to Bottas

Max Verstappen, after the Qatar qualification.NOUSHAD THEKKAYILEFE
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Just two hours before the start of the Qatar Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was punished with five places on the grid, after failing to brake in Q3 of qualifying with yellow flags on the track. The Dutchman will start from seventh position, behind Carlos Sainz. A punishment that, together with that of Valtteri Bottas (three places), allows Fernando Alonso to start from third place. A springboard to dream of in Losail.

“Any driver passing through a sector with double yellow flags must slow down significantly, it must be clear that they have not tried to establish a significant lap time. Any driver in a sector with double yellow flags will have that lap time erased”, explains the regulations.

And the World Cup leader did not respect, according to the stewards, the double yellow flag that flies after the Frenchman’s car Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) stopped on the track. Thus, he will have to fall back five places from second on the starting grid.

In addition, Bottas (Mercedes), who was about to start third, will also have to penalize three positions on the grid for the same reason, although in his case he only ignored a simple yellow. In this way, Alonso will start the Grand Prix third, after making a great classification on Saturday that led him to guarantee himself the fifth starting position.

Carlos Sainz’s situation was also studied, but ultimately he was left unpunished.



Reference from elmundo