Verstappen risks a grid penalty


The Red Bull driver is under threat of a sanction after being summoned by the marshals.

Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen could be penalized on the starting grid after being called in by the marshals for allegedly failing to slow down when warning flags were waved on his final qualifying lap at the Grand Qatar Prize, Saturday.

The 24-year-old Dutchman qualified second as title rival Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was on pole.

Commissioners said in a statement that Verstappen and a representative of the team are due to report to them at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday. The start of the floodlit night race is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The yellow warning flags – under which pilots must reduce their speed significantly and be prepared to stop – were waved twice after Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri lost his front wing and suffered a puncture, s stopping on the track.

Verstappen completed his last lap after the Gasly incident and improved his qualifying time.

He leads the seven-time world champion Hamilton by 14 points with three races remaining.

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