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Stroll keeps Turkish GP pole after being cleared of yellow-flag infringement

Stroll keeps Turkish GP pole after being cleared of yellow-flag infringement

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Stroll keeps Turkish GP pole after being cleared of yellow-flag infringement

Stroll keeps Turkish GP pole after being cleared of yellow-flag infringement

Racing point driver Lance Stroll has been cleared of breaking Formula 1's yellow-flag rules and will start from pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Stroll's maiden pole of his F1 career was in doubt after being summoned to the stewards for allegedly not respecting yellow flags at one stage during the top-10 shoot-out following a spin involving team-mate Sergio Perez.

Stroll was told over the team radio to keep pushing as there were only single-waved yellow flags present at the time of his infraction, allowing him to go on and take pole from Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Perez third.

The stewards, however, have exonerated Stroll.

Their report read: "The stewards heard from the driver of car 18 [Lance Stroll], the team representative and reviewed video, telemetry and marshalling system evidence.

"Car 18 approached turn seven with a single yellow flag showing for the sector due to car 11 [Sergio Perez] off track on the outside of the corner.

"By telemetry, car 18 clearly came off the throttle, coasted into the corner, and then accelerated when clear of the incident.

"Sector times do not clearly show this as the track was rapidly drying and each lap was quicker than the preceding lap."

It means Stroll is now confirmed as the first Canadian driver since Jacques Villeneuve in the 1997 Canadian GP to take pole, while it is also the team's first pole since Giancarlo Fisichella in the 2009 Belgian GP when it was known as Force India.

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