Max Verstappen will be starting from the back of the grid on race day in Sochi, after taking engine penalties on a track that has traditionally not suited Red Bull.
Verstappen felt that this was the place where Red Bull could change back into the B-Spec engine, as the C-Spec engine wouldn’t have performed well in the high altitude races of Mexico and Brazil.
“Taking the penalties here is not so bad because it’s not our strongest track, so it’s best to get it out of the way,” said Verstappen.
“Starting from the back of the grid should be fun.
“I mean, moving forward and passing people is never easy, but we’ll see how far we can get.” he added.
Verstappen did put up a strong showing during Free practice and Q1, running ahead of both the Ferraris, but then bowed out during Q2, as he anyway was going to start from the grid.
Verstappen though was summoned to the stewards for violating the yellow flag rules.
Verstappen summoned to stewards over alleged yellow-flag offence
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Verstappen apparently did not slow down enough during a yellow flag zone brought on by the Sergey Sirotkin spin during Q1.
But, the highlight from Verstappen’s time in Sochi up until now has to be the incident from FP3, where Verstappen was communicating with his engineer and his voice broke.
Verstappen said: Radiocheck
Engineer: Loud and clear
Now, with Verstappen starting from the back of the grid tomorrow, one can expect some aggressive driving. Do you think Max can have a clean and successful race tomorrow?
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