Max Verstappen Takes Engine Penalty, Set To Start At Back Of The Field

SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 24, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202109240101 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen has changed his engine ahead of the FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2021, and will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.

With the Dutchman starting from the rear of the field, Red Bull will be hoping his teammate Sergio Perez can improve on his practice performance to fight at the front against a Mercedes team looking to make the most of the opportunity in the race for the Constructor’s Championship.

Max Verstappen

“We thought it would be best to take the engine penalty here in Russia, we took everything into account before making the decision and we of course considered the weather for tomorrow. We had to take the penalty at some point so if we didn’t take it here, we would have taken it somewhere else. As for the set up, we are trying to make the best possible race car for this weekend despite starting from the back of the grid. I hope it’s going to work out and we will try to make the best of it during the race on Sunday, for now let’s wait and see what the weather will be like tomorrow.”

Sergio Perez

“I think we have some good information going into qualifying tomorrow, when there won’t be much running due to the rain, so today was probably the last chance we have to test the dry conditions before qualifying. I think there is potential in the car for this weekend, we just have to make sure we get it right. I think my first and second sector looked good but there are some areas to improve in the third sector. There are some set-up changes we might need to make to the car to suit the weather conditions come qualifying but there are still a lot of interesting things to be analysed later on this evening. With Max starting from the back, it is going to be a bit of a challenge as a Team and obviously Mercedes are very strong around here but hopefully we are able to put some pressure on them and qualify very close to them, that would be ideal.”

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