Lance Stroll could lose his pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix as he is under investigation for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags during qualifying.
The incident in question occurred when Stroll set his pole-clinching lap time in Q3. The yellow flags were triggered by Stroll’s team mate Sergio Perez who went off at turn seven. Stroll was told “yellow flag” on his radio and then “that was a single yellow, keep pushing”.
The event notes state drivers must “reduce their speed and be prepared to change direction” if single waved yellow flags are shown, according to the race director’s notes. “It must be clear that a driver has reduced speed and, in order for this to be clear, a driver would be expected to have braked earlier and/or discernibly reduced speed in the relevant marshalling sector.”
Lando Norris is also under investigation for a similar infringement in Q1, when he passed Nicholas Latifi, who had spun off at turn eight.
Both drivers could receive grid penalties of at least three places if they are found not to have respected the rules regarding slowing down for yellow flags.
There have been two previous decisions on yellow flag speeding during qualifying this year. Lewis Hamilton was given a three-place grid penalty at the Austrian Grand Prix for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags.
However at the Styrian Grand Prix Sergio Perez was cleared over a similar infringement. They ruled Perez “had no chance to do anything more to slow down more than he did” when the yellow flags were shown.
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