After their close call during the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying, Max Verstappen has been given a reprimand for his incident with Lando Norris. Therefore, he’ll keep his pole and start on the front row of the grid tomorrow alongside Charles Leclerc.
“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 1 (Max Verstappen), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris) and team representatives and reviewed video and timing evidence.
“The driver of car 1 [Verstappen] was aware of car 55 [Carlos Sainz] in front and car 4 [Norris] approaching from behind and decided to accelerate at precisely the same time as car 4 decided to overtake car 1.
“Unfortunately, due to lack of tyre temperature on car 1, the driver temporarily lost control of the car causing it to ‘snap’ anti-clockwise.
“The driver of car 4 (but we think they mean Verstappen) stated that this was simply an unfortunate incident however it is the driver’s responsibility to at all times maintain control of their car.
“Regarding penalty, all previous breaches of this nature have resulted in a Reprimand hence a similar penalty is imposed in this case.”
Norris said he expected Verstappen to be given a penalty before they both visited the Stewards’ office.
This is Max’s first reprimand of the season!