Max Verstappen will start from the back row of the Chinese grid tomorrow after qualifying all the way down in 19th place due to issues with the power unit in his Red Bull Racing contender.
The flying Dutchman was complaining over the radio that he was down on power and there was very little that could be done to boost his performance in the time allocated.
However, with rain expected for tomorrow’s race, anything is possible and while it should help their overall position, Max knows it is still going to be a long tough race…..
"Starting from nineteenth on the grid is going to be tough but I think there is rain on the way,” he said. “There was something misfiring in the engine which meant we were down on power, I tried to do a lap that could at least get me through to Q2 but the issue just wouldn't let me. The guys will investigate this evening and I'm confident they can resolve it for the race. It is of course very unfortunate but these things happen and we need to move on.”
"A bit of rain tomorrow will definitely help us but I think even in the wet it will be tough to challenge Ferrari and Mercedes. We need to concentrate on what we have and do the best we can. I will go home tonight, get some good rest and sleep, then come to the track ready to attack on what will hopefully be a wet track. If it is dry tomorrow you lose too much time starting from where I am on the grid. We will see, some good overtakes and exciting racing is what I'm hoping for."