New engine forces F1 leader Verstappen to back of grid in Sochi

Method One particular championship chief Max¬†Verstappen¬†is set to start off the Russian Grand Prix from the back again of the grid right after his Purple Bull staff elected to in shape a new ability device to the Dutchman’s car.

The 23-calendar year-previous, who potential customers Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by 5 details in the all round standings, was currently carrying a a few-spot grid penalty right after a collision with the Briton in the Italian Grand Prix that place both of those motorists out of the race.

Drivers are allowed no a lot more than a few ability units per period, and exceeding that allocation triggers grid penalties.

Verstappen, who has won seven races this calendar year to Hamilton’s 4, can continue to mitigate any harm to his title lead in Sunday’s race with the Sochi circuit fairly a lot easier to overtake on.

He took very similar penalties in the 2018 Russian race but scythed as a result of the field from 19th on the grid to end fifth.

The engine penalty, however, does clean Hamilton’s route to a landmark a centesimal acquire.

His Mercedes staff have been unbeaten in Russia given that the race joined the calendar in 2014 and predictably dominated Friday’s two follow classes with Valtteri Bottas foremost Hamilton.