After three investigations in Singapore, Formula One stewards decide on Max Verstappen’s punishment.

After three investigations in Singapore, Formula One stewards decide on Max Verstappen’s punishment.

Despite three separate investigations into the Dutchman, the F1 stewards decided not to further inflict harm on Red Bull by assigning Verstappen a grid penalty following qualifying.

Despite the Formula 1 stewards concluding three distinct investigations into the Dutch driver, Max Verstappen avoided a grid penalty for the Singapore Grand Prix.

After a miserable workday, the Dutchman was already scheduled to start the race from the back of the field. He had trouble keeping his car balanced the entire session and was unable to move quickly enough in Q2 to place in the top 10.

To make matters worse for Red Bull, Sergio Perez spun, which reduced his best starting position from ninth to eleventh and reduced his fastest time to thirteenth.
However, they were also facing a different issue.

For two different incidents that occurred during qualifying, Verstappen was under investigation. He was charged with stopping in the pit lane and obstructing other drivers as a result, while Yuki Tsunoda was the complainant in the impeding investigation.

The stewards decided to look into the incident after the session after the race director brought it to their attention.
To explain their positions on the matter, representatives from sister team AlphaTauri and Red Bull were both summoned.

The stewards decided a reprimand was sufficient punishment after hearing those arguments.
In addition, he was chastised for taking too long to leave the pit lane, but no further action was taken after it was determined that he had impeded Logan Sargeant.

The stewards claimed that Verstappen’s team had not forewarned them that the Japanese racer was so close, which is why there was no need for a penalty for the Tsunoda incident.
Since the driver was not punished, Red Bull was instead hit with a fine.

However, Verstappen had already stated prior to the hearings that receiving a penalty would not significantly affect his slim chances of winning on Sunday, with the 25-year-old accepting the likelihood that his 10-race winning streak will end.

“It doesn’t matter if we start P11, 15th, or last at this point because it was so messed up,” he said.
More importantly, we need to comprehend why it was so awful.
That’s much more significant to me than trying to score a few points this weekend.

The competition for pole position was in full swing without the Red Bulls. Carlos Sainz prevailed in that particular battle, putting Ferrari in a prime position to deny Red Bull their perfect season of victories.

Along with him on the front row, Charles Leclerc will start behind the two Ferraris in between George Russell.
Three British drivers are in the top five and have a good chance of winning a race in 2023 thanks to Lando Norris’ fourth-place start and Lewis Hamilton’s fifth position.


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