Max Verstappen thinks that starting from the rear at Sochi this weekend will be a challenge.

Why it matters: The championship leader will start the Russian GP from the back of the grid after a power unit change.


  • The Dutchman confirms that that the performance this weekend has not affected the decision much.
  • Verstappen supposes that a stronger midfield will make his recovery drive harder on Sunday.

What he had to say:

  • “It’s not only the results. I said before that we’ll take everything into account also with the weather for tomorrow. We thought it would be best to take it [grid penalty] here.”
  • “In 2018 the gaps to the midfield were a bit bigger. So naturally it will be a bit more difficult to come though.”

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