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Max Verstappen to start Russian Grand Prix at back of the grid

26 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Red Bull penalised for taking a new power unit for race in Sochi Hamilton will expect to regain drivers' championship lead Max Verstappen will start the Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit before the race. The decision by his Red Bull team leaves Lewis Hamilton in the best possible position to retake the lead of the Formula One world championship at the Sochi Autodrom. Verstappen was already set to take a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision when he hit Hamilton at the last round in Monza. His team have decided that given they were going...
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Marko explains Verstappen engine penalty decision

Marko explains Verstappen engine penalty decision

26 days ago   |   By PlanetF1

Helmut Marko has outlined the rationale behind Red Bull's decision to take Max Verstappen 's engine penalty at the Russian Grand Prix.
Verstappen is to start the race at Sochi from the back of the grid as new Honda power unit parts will be used in his car for the fourth time this season.
The penalty had been hanging over the Dutchman since the summer break and damage limitation is the name of the game as he fights Lewis Hamilton for the World Championship, five points ahead with eight rounds remaining.
Marko, head of Red Bull's driver development programme, said after Friday practice in...
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Title rivals react to Verstappen's engine penalty

Title rivals react to Verstappen's engine penalty

26 days ago   |   By PlanetF1

Max Verstappen has revealed the prospect of a wet qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix had convinced Red Bull to take his engine penalty.
The Dutchman has had the penalty hanging over him since the summer break, with two Honda power units having been damaged in crashes at the British and Hungarian Grands Prix.
That left Verstappen needing new engine parts for the fourth time this season, which meant he would have to start a race from the back of the grid - the worst-case scenario in his World Championship battle with Lewis Hamilton .
Where to take the penalty, and limit the damage...
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Lewis Hamilton handed huge boost in F1 title race with fierce rival Max Verstappen to start Russian GP from back of grid

26 days ago   |   By The Irish Sun


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Verstappen braced for ‘more difficult' Sochi F1 fightback than 2018

Verstappen braced for ‘more difficult' Sochi F1 fightback than 2018

26 days ago   |   By Autosport

Red Bull opted to fit Verstappen's car with an all-new power unit ahead of second practice for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday, triggering a penalty that will force him to start from the back of the grid.
Verstappen was always set to take a grid drop at one of the remaining races this year, having lost one of his older engines in the crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.
Sochi is... Keep reading
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Verstappen to start F1 Russian GP from back with new power unit

Verstappen to start F1 Russian GP from back with new power unit

26 days ago   |   By Autosport

Red Bull was braced for a grid penalty at some point in the second half of the season after losing one of Verstappen's three engines for the season as a result of crash damage at Silverstone when he collided with Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen entered the Sochi race weekend facing a three-place grid penalty as punishment for being predominantly to blame for the collision with Hamilton at Monza... Keep reading
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Max Verstappen to start Russian Grand Prix at the back of the grid after engine change

26 days ago   |   By The Independent

The penalty offers Lewis Hamilton an opportunity to take the lead in the title race
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Max Verstappen hands Lewis Hamilton Russian GP advantage as Red Bull hit with penalty

Max Verstappen hands Lewis Hamilton Russian GP advantage as Red Bull hit with penalty

26 days ago   |   By Daily Express

Max Verstappen will start from the back of the grid after being hit with a penalty ahead of Russian Grand Prix.
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