Verstappen, Sainz and Bottas summoned to Stewards

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 20: Second place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 20, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen may face a grid penalty after being summoned by FIA Race Stewards for allegedly failing to slow when yellow flags waved during his final run in qualifying for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.

On Saturday, the Red Bull driver qualified second with title rival Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes on pole position.

After the session, the Stewards said in a statement that Verstappen and a team representative must report to them at 1300 local time on Sunday. The floodlit night race is due to start at 1700.

The yellow warning flags — under which drivers must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to stop — were double waved after AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly lost his front wing and suffered a puncture, stopping on track.

Also summoned to the Stewards for the same reason are Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Verstappen completed his final lap after Gasly’s incident and improved his qualifying time. The Dutch driver leads seven-times world champion, Hamilton, by 14 points with three races remaining. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)