Lance Stroll’s shock pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix is under threat for a possible yellow flag infringement.
The Canadian racer came out on top at the end of a thrilling Q3 at Istanbul Park, claiming pole position for the first time in his career with a 1:47.765 in the Racing Point RP20.
However, the stewards could be about to pull the plug on any celebrations.
They have summoned Stroll to their office after he allegedly failed to slow at Turn 7 despite the yellow flags on his pole lap.
He will meet with them at 18:30 local time and he could well be hit with a grid penalty that costs him that first pole position.
According to reports, Stroll was told “that was a single yellow so keep pushing” on his pole lap. The incident which triggered them is believed to be Sergio Perez’s slide into the gravel in the other Racing Point.
Lando Norris has also been called to the stewards’ room for a similar offence during Q1, though they have said that all drivers are under investigation.
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Kevin Magnussen was extremely critical of the situation, saying nobody paid attention to the yellow flags during Q1, except for him.
“There was a yellow flag all of the lap and everyone improved,” he said after his Q1 elimination at Istanbul Park.
“I backed off for those yellow flags, everyone seemed to be improving. I was P7 and I got knocked out, so clearly nobody gave an ‘F’. People didn’t respect the rules.
“They have to look at it during the session and delete those lap times because now I’m out and apparently I was the only one who backed out and respected those rules that we have. They need to abort the lap if there’s double yellow flags, which there was.
“I should be running now. I was P7 and didn’t push because there was yellow flags. Clearly the track improved and I’m p***ed off.”
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