Max Verstappen: “Anything can happen here”

Max Verstappen became the first driver this season to switch to a fifth power unit, and as a result will take a further ten-place grid penalty on top of the five-place penalty he brings into the weekend for his collision with Romain Grosjean in Monaco.

The young Dutchman originally qualified in twelfth position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada, but will start nineteenth on the grid, and will also take a ten-second penalty during his first pit stop in the race as a result of not being able to take the full fifteen-place penalty.

Despite these setbacks, the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver still remains positive, and believes he still has a chance of a good result, insisting anything can happen.

“I think we made a good step forward in qualifying compared to the practice sessions, so I’m quite happy about where we ended up today,” said Verstappen.

“Unfortunately I will have to start from the back tomorrow due to the grid penalties, but I will do my best in the race. It definitely won’t be easy, but let’s wait for tomorrow, anything can happen here and we’re not giving up!”