Crimson Bull revealed on Friday afternoon that it had fitted Verstappen’s automotive with an all-new energy unit, triggering a penalty that meant the Dutchman would begin behind the grid.
Verstappen will begin final after failing to set a time in qualifying on Saturday. He can be joined behind the sector by Valtteri Bottas, Nicholas Latifi and Charles Leclerc, all of whom are additionally taking engine penalties.
Verstappen mentioned on Thursday that he thought it could be trickier to combat again by means of the sector than in 2018 when he additionally took an engine penalty.
In follow on Friday, Verstappen was heard complaining over staff radio that it was troublesome to go vehicles as a result of prime pace of his automotive.
However Verstappen downplayed his Friday struggles, and revealed that tweaks had been made to the set-up of his Crimson Bull RB16B forward of qualifying to try to support his restoration.
“Yesterday was not absolutely consultant,” Verstappen mentioned after qualifying.
“Some folks turned up the facility or had decrease gasoline, so I wasn’t too apprehensive about that.
“However yeah, we made a number of modifications, and I am assured for tomorrow that we made the proper modifications.
“Nonetheless, it should be fairly difficult to go.”
Verstappen heads into Sunday’s race main Lewis Hamilton by 5 factors on the prime of the F1 drivers’ championship.
Verstappen was not sure how far up the sector he would have the ability to combat, saying it could largely hinge on the opening lap and any incidents for the lead runners.
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
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“All of it relies upon additionally on the primary lap or issues that occur throughout the race,” Verstappen mentioned.
“After all I am going to attempt to rating factors, however I would like a little bit of assist after all with issues going, for example, a bit improper within the entrance. However let’s have a look at.”
Hamilton will begin the race from fourth place on the grid, and his bid to reclaim the lead of the standings can be aided by Mercedes teammate Bottas, who is ready for a tactical grid penalty.
Mercedes and Crimson Bull have been neck-and-neck for outright efficiency by means of a lot of this season, however Verstappen felt Mercedes was a step forward in Sochi.
“It was just a little bit troublesome [to judge in practice] however they nonetheless appeared very robust,” Verstappen mentioned.
“Like I mentioned, I made a number of modifications to the automotive, so I hope that can assist a bit as nicely, and naturally all of them turned up their engines in FP2 for a quick lap.
“From my facet, I knew that I used to be beginning within the again, so there was no purpose to do this. I assume we’ll have to attend and see how aggressive we’re going to be.
“After all I feel they’re just a little bit quicker in qualifying than within the race, what they’ve or what they’ll extract from it, however that is OK.”