HHowever, there was even more drama after the checkered flag fell, with Verstappen under investigation for ignoring the yellow flags towards the end of Q3 as Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri suffered a puncture and stopped on the side of the runway. Here is Tom Cary with a little more explanation:
If found guilty, the championship leader Red Bull can expect a grid penalty, most likely three or five places, which would drop the Dutchman back to fifth or seventh on the grid at the Grand Prix du Qatar. Perhaps that is too much for a pilot even of Verstappen’s prodigious talent.
In fact, with Lewis Hamilton taking a dominant pole, nearly half a second behind Verstappen, and with the threat of a Red Bull protest against the Mercedes rear wing, Hamilton is highly likely to reduce his deficit. 14 points. in the championship and lead this title race to the end in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Wouldn’t that be something? There is also a chance that he will lose this round, which would not be as punishable. It would be better if he started second and dueled with Hamilton in the first round, right? For the sake of the race, keeping pace with the Mercedes, it might be necessary.
I’m not hoping for a lot of overtaking here at all, but it looks like it could be a double stop, so strategy should hopefully play a role even if track action is lacking.