Max Verstappen will not start from Pole Position after failing to lift off for yellow flags in the final corner where Valtteri Bottas involuntarily parked his car into the concrete wall. The Dutchman admitted his wrong doing at the Post-Qualification Press Conference.
"I was aware that Valtteri crashed", was Max' response when inquired about the situation during the Press Conference whether or not he was aware of the yellow flags. He set the fastest sector time of the entire weekend in the final sector. When further asked if he backed off the dutchman responded: "It didn't really look like it, did it? No." Replay footage of his pole lap also shows that he passed at least one yellow flag in the final corner.
Where it first seemed that the FIA would not take any action, as his mini-sector time was indeed slower than before on the point where yellows were out, they have called Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen into the Stewards Room to discuss the incident.
After a bit over an hour after the Red Bull driver reported to the Stewards, the FIA released a statement regarding the incident stating that the Dutchman has breached the rules and will be awarded a three place grid penalty. The Dutchman will be starting the Mexican Grand Prix from P4 as a result of this penalty.
What do you think of the decision of the Stewards? Should Max have been more careful with his statement during the press conference? Will this hurt his chances of going for three consecutive Maxican victories?
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