Like Max Verstappen, who is also under investigation, each drivers have been on their last runs in Q3 when Pierre Gasly had stopped on the start-finish straight.
Having struck a kerb that ripped off the AlphaTauri’s entrance wing and gave him a proper entrance puncture, Gasly had pushed slowly across the last nook earlier than stopping close to the pit wall.
Verstappen handed a set of double waved yellow flags on his left earlier than finishing his lap, which ended up being a slight enchancment and put him zero.455 seconds behind Hamilton.
Each Bottas and Sainz handed the incidents however have been solely proven single yellow flags.
Nonetheless, the stewards suspect that they didn’t respect the warning flags sufficient.
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
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F1’s guidelines on yellow flags are very strict and, in line with the occasion notes despatched by race director Michael Masi forward of the weekend, drivers should abandon laps when double waved yellows are proven. For single yellows, drivers are allowed to complete their laps.
The occasion notes said about single yellows: “Drivers ought to scale back their pace and be ready to alter route.
“It should be clear driver has diminished pace and, to ensure that this to be clear, a driver can be anticipated to have braked earlier and/or discernibly diminished pace within the related marshalling sector.
“Drivers shouldn’t overtake any automobile in a single waved yellow marshalling sector except it’s clear automobile is slowing with a very apparent downside, e.g. apparent accident harm or a deflated tyre.”
The penalties for ignoring yellow flags can fluctuate relying on in the event that they a single or double warnings.
On the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel was given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring double yellows at Flip 1 throughout qualifying.
Again in 2019, Verstappen was stripped of pole place on the Mexican Grand Prix after failing to sluggish for yellow flags proper on the finish of qualifying. He was given a three-place grid penalty.
All three drivers will see the stewards on Sunday afternoon.