Verstappen with two cautions but no penalty

Author of the article: , published September 16, 2023.

Max Verstappen will not lose additional starting places in the Singapore Grand Prix, as the Dutchman's race stewards found no need for a penalty despite an investigation into three alleged offences. However, the Red Bull driver will only chase the podium from the eleventh place after he could not find the right car settings with the engineers.

Verstappen was questioned by the stewards over three incidents. In the first, the current world champion was overtaken by Logan Sargeant on the racing line between turns 17 and 18 in the first part of qualifying, in the second he stopped at the exit from the garages due to problems with his car and finally he allegedly obstructed Yuki Tsunoda.

Verstappen did not lose the starting places, as is the custom for obstacles, but he received warnings for the incident in the pits and with Tsunoda, and in the case of Sargeant, the commissioners assessed that he could not safely retreat due to the crowd around him, so he acted the most safe in the given situation.

The most controversial was the obstruction of Tsunoda, but he avoided punishment, as the majority of the blame was borne by the team, which did not warn him in time of the arrival of the racer. Red Bull will therefore have to pay a fine of 5000 euros, and the same penalty was also imposed on Williams. Logan Sargeant obstructed Stroll in a similar way in Q1, for which, like Verstappen, he received a warning, and the team was fined 5000 euros.

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