Verstappen handed three-place grid penalty

Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty following qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso driver stopped on track after the hairpin when his car shut down near the end of the first qualifying segment.

The problem meant Verstappen was unable to run in Q2 and qualified down in 15th position.

The incident also meant some drivers had their final runs ruined by the yellow flags.

However, after qualifying, the stewards found Verstappen had parked his car in an unsafe position, and the Dutchman will drop to 18th on the grid as a result of a penalty.

"Car 33 experienced a sudden power loss at the exit of turn 11, the driver initially moved to the left side of the track towards a safe position and when it was about to stop, moved to the right onto the racing line, where it eventually stopped," the stewards said.

"This caused double yellow flags to be shown and endangered oncoming drivers."

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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news