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2015-09-26 19:56

BAD BOY MAX: Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen moves down three grid spots for leaving his car in a dangerous position during qualifying for the 2015 Japanese GP. Image: Mark Baker

Suzuka, Japan - Dutch teenager Max Verstappen collected a three place grid drop for the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix after leaving his Toro Rosso car in a dangerous position when it broke down in Saturday's qualifying.

Warning flags

Stewards said the 17-year-old had stopped on the racing line in an incident that brought out warning flags and affected rivals' hopes of doing a quick lap in the first phase of qualifying.

Noting that he had suffered a sudden loss of power at the exit to Turn 11, stewards said Verstappen initially moved to the left of the track towards a safe position but then switched back to the racing line and stopped.

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

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