Max Verstappen will start fourth in the Russian Grand Prix at best. However, team boss Horner is not worried about the Dutchman’s grid penalty.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull know that a three-position grid penalty awaits them at the Russian Grand Prix. Even if Verstappen were to take pole, he would still start fourth at the Sochi Autodrom – the circuit on which Red Bull has never won.
Team boss Christian Horner is not afraid of the grid penalty: “I went through the results from the past and in 2018 Verstappen moved up from last to first place before making his pit stop. Last year we were second there, but we still knew about it. never to win.”
“It’s always a Mercedes job for me Monza and Sochi, I marked them as Mercedes circuits, so a challenge awaits us.”
Verstappen has already proved in the past that overtaking is possible, which strengthens Horner’s confidence for this year’s race. “We have a grid penalty for Max, but in Sochi it’s not much of a handicap because the slipstream towards the first corner is strong. I’m looking forward to seeing how we perform.”
It is currently unclear whether Red Bull will use the Russian Grand Prix to provide Verstappen with a completely new power unit – which will give him an extra grid penalty.