Verstappen penalised for “dangerous parking”

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It was announced after qualifying today that Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix for what the stewards called parking “in a potentially dangerous position”.

Verstappen left his Toro Rosso stranded on the exit of the hairpin after it suffered a complete electrical failure towards the end of the opening qualifying session at Suzuka.

Explaining their reasoning behind the penalty, a statement from the stewards read as follows:-

‘Car #33 [Verstappen] experienced a sudden power loss at the exit of Turn 11. The driver initially moved to the left side of the track towards a safe position and when it was about to stop, moved to the right on to the racing line where it eventually stopped.

‘This caused double yellow flags to be shown and endangered oncoming drivers.’

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