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After qualifying in Singapore, which was worthless for him, Max Verstappen also had to answer to the stewards for three incidents. The World Cup leader received two reprimands, but no grid penalty.
For example, Verstappen hindered AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda during qualifying. He only received a reprimand and no grid penalty (three places), because he was informed quite late by his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase that Tsunoda was doing a fast lap. Red Bull was subsequently fined 5,000 euros.
For a moment with Logan Sargeant (Williams), Verstappen went completely free, because he had a lot of cars around him during that situation and swerving was actually a more dangerous option. The stewards agreed and Sargeant also stated during the ‘hearing’ that he did not think Verstappen could be blamed.
The Dutchman received a second reprimand because he had previously waited a long time at the end of the pit lane in order to create a gap with the drivers in front of him. Verstappen will therefore start the race on Sunday (2 p.m.) from eleventh place.