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Sainz avoids grid drop for Qatar Grand Prix

Sainz avoids grid drop for Qatar Grand Prix

Sainz avoids grid drop for Qatar Grand Prix

Sainz avoids grid drop for Qatar Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz has avoided a grid penalty for the Qatar Grand Prix after being investigated for an alleged breach of F1's yellow-flag rules.

The decision follows an incident at the end of qualifying on Saturday at the Losail International Circuit when Pierre Gasly sustained a puncture on his AlphaTauri as a result of a front-wing failure.

Yellow flags were briefly shown in the final sector before quickly switched to double-waved yellows.

After being investigated for a single-yellow breach, which required Sainz to slow and be prepared to change direction, a stewards' report read: "The driver stated that although he did not see the yellow flag, he did see that car 10 [Gasly] was stationary on the right of the pit straight.

"[He] therefore assumed that there was the probability that he was in a yellow-flag area, so made a significant reduction in speed in the relevant mini-sector.

"The stewards confirmed this from the telemetry. He thus complied with the race directors' event notes and Appendix H of the International Sporting Code."

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