FIA won’t single out Max for yellow flag talk

Date published: October 29 2019

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Michael Masi plans to speak with all the drivers ahead of the United States GP about the yellow flag rule, adamant he won’t single out Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was guilty of ignoring the yellow flags during qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, who was on provisional pole based on his first hot lap in Q3, bettered his time on his second run despite passing waved yellow flags.

A defiant Verstappen told the media he didn’t see a problem with his actions.

“It’s qualifying and, yeah, you go for it,” he said. “But like I said before, if they want to delete the lap, then delete the lap.”

The stewards did more than delete his lap, they handed him a three-place penalty for ignoring the yellow flags.

FIA race director Masi says he’ll bring the transgression up in the drivers’ meeting at the United States GP but won’t single out Verstappen.

“We’ll have that discussion at the next drivers’ meeting with all of them,” he told Reuters.

“As we have done in a collaborative manner all year.”

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