At 10.45 am Max Verstappen he went to the Commissioners to discuss the maneuver that took place during the second free practice, when he overtook Lance Stroll while the red flag was displayed for Lewis Hamilton’s stop on the track. The situation was particular, however, as the Dutch driver found himself facing his Canadian colleague who had slowed down to give him the way, in the midst of a fast lap complete with record intermediates. At the sight of the red flag, Verstappen had immediately slowed down, but having already passed the Aston Martin driver.
Here’s Lance’s onboard and radio pic.twitter.com/BRMZ0flRtL
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Given the exceptional dynamics, the College of Commissioners – made up of Garry Connelly, Tim Mayer, Danny Sullivan and Peter Oord – opted for do not sanction the Red Bull driver, idol of the house. No penalty on the starting grid of the Dutch Grand Prix for Max Verstappen. These are the reasons of the Commissioners: “The Stewards listened to the driver and the team representatives, as well as analyzed the data relating to the position on the track, those of the telemetry, the radio teams and the internal and external video footage. The race management system indicated that the red flag and red lights were displayed at 15:10:12. When Verstappen passed the light panel number 14 (prior to the overtaking point) it was not illuminated. When Verstappen approached Stroll, a few meters away, the red light on the steering wheel was activated. At this point, Verstappen’s speed was 260 km / h, while Stroll’s was 110, with a difference between the two of 150 km / h. At this point, as the telemetry shows, Verstappen immediately lifted his foot and braked. Due to the speed difference, Verstappen overtook Stroll. Simultaneously, the light panel 15, which had turned red, was visible to Verstappen. At approximately 15:10:17, the team radioed the pilot: ‘Red flag’.
Our conclusion is that the pilot has done everything reasonably possible to comply with the regulation, immediately reducing your speed safely at the first red flag indication, even before you actually see the red flag or red light panels. This satisfies the regulatory requirements “.