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Max Verstappen escapes sanction after supposed infraction against Valtteri Bottas

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During qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, there was an apparent incident between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes-AMG’s Valtteri Bottas.

The incident happened on left-hander Turn 13 during the Finn’s first flying lap in the final stage of qualifying.

The veteran Finn approached a slowing Verstappen, but locked up as he avoided the Red Bull.

The incident meant that Mercedes-AMG driver Bottas abandoned the lap and suggested that the Belgian-Dutch teenager should face a penalty for ‘ruining’ his fast lap.

However, race stewards in Mexico decided that Verstappen had not done anything to merit a penalty against him, and said in a statement they did not consider the Red Bull to have been impeding the Mercedes-AMG.

"The Stewards examined multiple angles of video evidence and radio calls to car 33, and heard from Max Verstappen, the driver of car 33, Valtteri Bottas, the driver of car 77 and the team representatives.

"The driver of car 33 was clearly aware from the team radio and using his mirrors that car 77 was approaching on a hot lap.

"He moved from the racing line on the exit of turn 12 to avoid impeding car 77.

"The driver of car 33 did move slowly from the racing line which could have affected car 77, but the Stewards do not consider this as impeding."

Watch the incident in the below video.

That means Verstappen will start the Mexican GP from second, after he was beaten by Sebastian Vettel to pole in the final seconds of the session.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton goes from third, whilst Bottas starts from fourth.

Despite the controversy during the qualifying, and all eyes being on Verstappen and Bottas, all eyes today will be on Hamilton, as he looks to secure his fourth Drivers' Championship.

The Mercedes man knows if he finishes fifth or higher, no matter what Sebastian Vettel does, he will be crowned champion.

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