Verstappen and Sargeant were reprimanded, and Red Bull and Williams were fined for the Singapore Grand Prix after qualifying on Saturday. World Championship leader Max Verstappen received two reprimands after qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, where he finished eleventh.
Placed under investigation after the session, the Singapore Grand Prix race stewards criticised Max Verstappen for initially blocking Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri on the track, as well as the Williams driven by Logan Sargeant.
A third investigation was also opened against the Red Bull driver who deliberately blocked the exit from the pit lane when the light was green.
In total, Max Verstappen received two reprimands: the first for blocking Yuki Tsunoda and the second for blocking the pit lane exit. With regard to the blocking of Logan Sargeant’s Williams, the stewards ruled that the Red Bull driver was not guilty and he therefore received no penalty for this particular incident.
Red Bull fined
In addition to the two reprimands handed down to Max Verstappen, the stewards also imposed a fine of 5,000 euros on the Red Bull team, deeming that their driver had not been sufficiently warned of the presence of Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri on track.
In the case of Logan Sargeant, the race stewards criticised the American for blocking Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin on the track during qualifying and gave him a reprimand. The Williams team was fined €5,000 for failing to give its driver sufficient warning of the presence of Stroll’s car on the track.
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