Max Verstappen has been summoned by the Steering Committee to assess the episode that took place yesterday during the second free practice session, in which the Red Bull driver overtook a single-seater (Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin) under a red flag regime. .
Verstappen was on a fast lap when the race direction displayed the red flags due to Lewis Hamilton’s car being stuck on the track due to a power unit problem.
Verstappen, exiting turn 10, was under full acceleration and chose the outside line to overtake Stroll’s car, which was moving more slowly, when the red flag appeared. The TV images show that the overtaking actually happened when the trackside displays were already red, but it only takes a couple of seconds.
It is likely that Verstappen’s defense will be based on the visibility that has not allowed Max to be able to verify the presence of the red flag regime and on the reaction times needed to slow down, but the outcome of the discussion leaves many possible scenarios open.
Christian Horner commented on the story yesterday: “As soon as he learned that it was a red flag, he lifted his foot. I can only think that the other car was moving slowly, and for its part, as soon as it received the red flag message, it slowed down ”.
Verstappen risks three penalty positions on the starting grid, and it would be a considerable blow for the all-time favorite to win the Dutch Grand Prix, considering the difficulties of overtaking the Zandvoort track.