“Nothing is lost”– Max Verstappen remains upbeat despite getting hit by a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen was held responsible for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in Monza, and the FIA imposed a three-pace grid penalty, which he will have to serve in Russia.
Despite the setback, the Dutchman is upbeat and claims nothing is lost, as he aims to win in Sochi, which is a realistic target if he manages to remain in the second row.
“I think you can reflect all you like but it’s important to look forward and keep pushing,” said Verstappen. “I still believe it was a racing incident, but we have been given a three-place grid penalty and we just have to work with it now.”
“The race in Monza definitely wasn’t our day for many reasons, but now I just plan to look forward to Sochi. The penalty is of course not ideal but nothing is lost, that’s how I look at it.”
“As for the Drivers’ Championship, we still have a lot of races ahead of us and it’s a very tiny margin. We will try and make the most from the weekend and work with the package we have.”
The maiden win in Russia
Apart from Mercedes, no other team has managed to win a Grand Prix in Russia, and Verstappen aims to break that streak by improving his last year’s result, where he finished as a runner-up.
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“It was great to finish second there last year in Sochi especially as it has never been a good track for us as a team,” added Verstappen. “We have been more competitive this year and we have a better package at the moment,” he said.
“So it will be interesting to see how competitive we can be there this year. It will be of course completely different to Monza and it looks like there might be some rain this weekend.”
“The track itself and the layout is completely different to the previous races so I’m definitely looking forward to going back there and seeing what we can do.”