Max Verstappen is in danger of receiving a grid penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix as the stewards are investigating him over three separate incidents.
He is one of several drivers facing investigations after the first round of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, including Logan Sargeant and potentially others.
The Red Bull driver was first noted for holding up several of his rivals at the pit lane exit during Q1. After several drivers left the pits in front of Verstappen, he stopped his car by the green pit exit light for around 15 seconds.
Verstappen waited at the pit exit so long his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase came on the radio and asked him “everything okay, Max?”
Behind him George Russell pointed out he had stopped in the pit lane. “Does he have a problem?” he asked. Charles Leclerc behind him added: “You cannot stop like this, come on.” Verstappen eventually joined the track followed by Russell and the other drivers waiting to begin their final runs.
A further investigation has been announced over an incident involving Verstappen and several other drivers in the final minutes of Q1. The stewards are considering whether Verstappen impeded Sargeant at that time.
The Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin drivers plus Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen were all congregated at the exit of the final chicane waiting to start their final flying laps as other drivers passed by completing their last flying laps. Verstappen dodged to the left to make room for Sargeant as the Williams driver passed close by.
The stewards also noted a further occasion later in the session where Verstappen appeared to hold up a rival. Yuki Tsunoda complained the Red Bull driver got in his way during Q2. This incident is being investigated as well.
The stewards are also examining Sargeant’s driving as he appeared to hold up Lance Stroll earlier in Q1.
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