Max Verstappen has had his say on Lewis Hamilton’s five-place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The F1 World Championship leader will start Saturday’s Sprint race in second, behind his title rival, and thinks that Mercedes’ decision to install a new internal combustion engine for the fifth time this season benefited them in qualifying.
Crucially however, it means Hamilton can’t start Sunday’s Grand Prix any higher than sixth on the grid.
“I mean when they take a new engine, naturally they have a bit more power for a weekend so for me it’s not a big shock,” he said.
“I’m just happy to be second that’s a good position to start from. Of course you always want to be closer but sometimes you have to be realistic.”
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