Saudi Arabia GP | Verstappen starting 15th: “Realistically you cannot fight for the win”

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Max Verstappen was today´s favourite to get the pole position. However, the Dutch had to see the action from the sideline as his Red Bull failed him during Q2. The reigining champion will start from the 15th place while teammate Sergio Perez will start from pole.

Explaining a broken drive shaft was the cause of the early knock out, Verstappen lamented he could not show how good the car was feeling prior that moment. He doesn’t think is realistic to fight for the victory but remains hopeful to make it to the front.

“It was a drive shaft which broke so then of course your session is over which it´s a bit of a shame after all the running we´ve done the car was really good. I felt good in the car and now you can´t show that but we´ll see what we can do tomorrow. Starting p15 realistically you cannot fight for the win but you never know around here”

Asked on how the car was feeling, Verstappen insisted everything was coming together nicely when they could switch the tires at the right time.

“It´s been good. It was today also switching on the tires at the right time I think everything was all coming together nicely.”

Although he had strong comebacks during his brilliant career, when asked on tomorrows possible victory from the back Verstappen said he´s not thinking about the victory but rather limiting the damage of today´s mishappening.

“I don´t think about it too much. I think it´s more about just trying to come to the front as much as you can try to limit the damage of today but we´ll see tomorrow.”