Jolyon Palmer thinks Max Verstappen has benefited from his grid penalty in Qatar. In addition, he thinks that the Dutchman still has an advantage in the battle for the world title.
Verstappen managed to qualify in second place in Qatar, but was recalled by the stewards a day later. By ignoring a double yellow flag, Verstappen was treated to a five-place grid penalty, forcing him to start from P7. Palmer looks back in the BBC’s F1: Checkered Flag podcast. “It didn’t turn out that bad at all. I think the penalty ultimately helped him get the most out of his weekend,” said Palmer.
Verstappen could never win
The former Formula 1 driver substantiates his statement. “Verstappen might have been able to take first place in the first corner from P2, but after that he had dropped back. Lewis Hamilton was just too fast. After Verstappen there was a huge gap, which allowed him to record a fastest lap. certainly not the speed to get closer to Hamilton.”
Verstappen still favorite
The Formula 1 circus is now traveling towards Jeddah, to drive the penultimate race of the season there next week. “Verstappen is still in the lead. If he can win one of the last two races, he is probably champion. If one of the two drops out, it could just be over. Jeddah is a street circuit, strange things can always happen there. I think the pressure is still on Hamilton,” the Briton concluded.