Max Verstappen’s front-row starting spot in the Qatar Grand Prix is in jeopardy after he was summoned to meet with F1 officials ahead of Sunday’s race for allegedly failing to slow down for yellow flags on his last qualifying run.
The championship-leading Red Bull driver qualified second behind a dominant Lewis Hamilton, but will now see the stewards at 11 a.m. Nigerian time.
If the stewards rule against Verstappen, he will almost probably suffer a grid penalty.
Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri stopped on the inside of the pit straight on the last laps of Q3 after his front tyre punctured.
Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari have both been summoned ahead of the race for allegedly failing to observe single-waved yellows on their final efforts.
Verstappen was the last driver on track in the practice session, and he improved on his final lap to maintain his second-place grid position.
“Not respecting double waved yellow flags,” said the stewards of the alleged offence when issuing the summons to Verstappen on Saturday night, nearly three hours after the incident in question.