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Max Verstappen said he was unsurprised to receive the grid penalty which dropped him to seventh on the grid for the Qatar Grand Prix.
This kind of crap really makes me start to root against him.1 race ago, your main rival got Disqualified from Pole and had to take a further 5 place grid penalty. You then got away with driving him off track because you couldn't be bothered to race fair.Max Verstappen said he was unsurprised to receive the grid penalty which dropped him to seventh on the grid for the Qatar Grand Prix.www.racefans.net
Considering how well he did with a 5-place grid drop to get to second, it might be worth it. Take the pain in Saudi Arabia and then dominate in Abu Dhabi. If the scenario you mention does play out with Hamilton getting the fastest lap, there will be an 11 point swing in Hamilton's favour. He will lead by 3 points. If Verstappen gets third and fastest lap, there will be a 9 point swing and he'll be 1 point behind Hamilton heading into the last round. If this is the case, Verstappen MUST WIN in Abu Dhabi to win the championship. That would be lot easier with a newer engine... The race in Saudi Arabia will be a strategic battle and I know that Red Bull can get Verstappen up to third or even second to stay in the fight DESPITE an engine change. Worth the punt I say.I think RB taking an engine penalty in the next round might be too much of a risk. If Lewis wins and Max is 3rd or lower, Max loses the championship lead going in to the final round. Although the alternative is having an old engine for the last couple of rounds which could be worse. Will be interesting to see how this plays out
Yes, Max has 9 wins, Lewis has 7, so Lewis can draw level if he wins in Saudi and Abu Dhabi. Max wins in a tie because there is no way for Lewis to win the last two races and them end tied on points. If lewis wins the last two and Max is second with fastest lap, Lewis wins by 4 points.