Massa penalised for FP3 yellow flag incident
26 August 2017 – Felipe Massa has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix after not slowing sufficiently under double-waved yellow flags in final practice.
Massa was summoned to the stewards at the end of Saturday morning's session, with a timing screen update noting that he potentially failed to back off when the yellow flags came out.
During the meeting, the panel determined that Massa "made no attempt to significantly reduce his speed", breaching Appendix H, Article 126.96.36.199 (b) of the FIA International Sporting Code.
"The stewards heard from Felipe Massa, the driver of car 19, a team representative and reviewed video/telemetry evidence which clearly showed that the driver made no attempt to significantly reduce his speed in the area of the double waved yellow flags," read a statement from the stewards.
Massa, only 16th fastest in final practice, behind rookie Williams team-mate Lance Stroll, will thus lose five spots from wherever he qualifies this afternoon.
In addition to the grid drop, he was given three penalty points, bringing his 12-month tally up to five.