Christian Horner has criticized Max Verstappen’s penalty for ignoring double-waved yellow flags at the Qatar Grand Prix.

Details:

  • Verstappen has been awarded a 5-place drop for ignoring yellows as Pierre Gasly stopped on the start/finish straight due to a puncture.
  • Red Bull team principal Horner called the penalty “a complete balls up,” hinting a confusion in which the FIA didn’t correctly manage their stewards on track.

What he said:

  • “To be honest with you, we’re really struggling to understand it because it looks like a complete balls up. The FIA have said play on, the circuit is safe and clear.”
  • “He [Verstappen] just didn’t see it. He even saw a green light on the right hand side [in the pit lane].”
  • “It’s just a rogue marshall that has stuck a flag out. He’s not been instructed to. The FIA have to control their marshalls, that’s a crucial blow to us in the World Championship, that is massive at a track you can’t overtake at.”

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