Five place grid penalty for Verstappen

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen has been hit with a five-place grid penalty at the Qatar grand prix after ignoring yellow flags during Saturday's qualifying session.

The Red Bull driver was set to start second on the grid alongside title-rival Lewis Hamilton, who stormed to pole position to gain the upper-hand for Mercedes in Doha.

Now Hamilton has a chance to close the 14-point gap to Verstappen in the drivers' championship with the Dutchman starting seventh at the Losail International Circuit.

Verstappen drops back as a result of an incident at the end of qualifying, where a puncture for the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly caused confusion on track and he did not slow down sufficiently under double-waved yellow flags.

The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas - who qualified third - was hit with a similar punishment, only taking a three-place penalty as he failed to slow under single-waved yellows.

The sanctions mean Gasly will now start alongside Hamilton.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting