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After the PK statement was insolent: an investigation into Max Verstappen

( – Max Verstappen threatened after his round from Mexico was still in the aftermath. The Red Bull driver has to audition on race stewards because he has set the best time in the last sector despite the Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) accident at the last corner (Formula 1 2019 staying at the ticker). Although it has a yellow flag, it is 0.001 seconds faster in this sector than it did in the first attempt.

Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen admitted he didn't slow down despite the accident zoom

The fact that the commissioners are investigating this case, but also has something to do with his statement from the press conference. "I know Valtteri had an accident," he admitted honestly. And does he slow down? "It doesn't look like that, right?" He confidently answered.

Slowing under the yellow flag is a serious problem for security reasons and is usually severely punished. Sebastian Vettel broke his lap when he saw the yellow flag.

However, the FIA ​​did not investigate the incident. Just over two hours after qualifying, they reported that they were still investigating the scene. It was said that Verstappens's statement from the press conference must also be the cause.

"We all know what the yellow flag means," Verstappen said. According to regulations, the driver must slow down and be ready to avoid. This is specified in Article 2.5.5 Appendix H of the Sports Regulations. He did not do that, as he admitted.

But the safety argument is too high for the Dutchman: "I think we know what we are doing, otherwise we won't drive a Formula One car, that's a qualification, and then you try."

Maybe the Red Bull pilot was threatened afterwards. However, he is not afraid of punishment: "If they want to cancel the round, they must do it." Background: The second time Verstappen is fast enough to pole position. However, there can be penalties and penalties. There is no denying that the FIA ​​is still taking educational steps based on statements and lack of insight.

For its competitors, the situation is clear. "Everyone knows that if there is a yellow flag, you have to slow down," said Charles Leclerc. On social networks too, many drivers and other ex-drivers are on the safety side.

For Verstappen speaking that in the mini sector is important, which again divides this sector into smaller parts, has not set the best time. However, this according to the Dutch statement was rather accidental and not intended.

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