Verstappen given three place grid drop at Suzuka
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen collected a three place grid drop for the Japanese Grand Prix after leaving his Toro Rosso car in a dangerous position when it broke down in qualifying at Suzuka.
Stewards said the 17-year-old had stopped on the racing line in an incident that brought out warning flags and affected rivals’ hopes of doing a quick lap in the first phase of qualifying.
Noting that he had suffered a sudden loss of power at the exit to Turn 11, stewards said Verstappen initially moved to the left of the track towards a safe position but then switched back to the racing line and stopped.
“This caused double yellow flags to be shown and endangered oncoming drivers,” they said.