Max Verstappen will start from 18th on the grid in today’s United States Grand Prix as a result of a gearbox penalty.
During Q1 on Saturday, Verstappen ran slightly wide at Turn 15 and his right rear suspension failed on the exit curb, in turn damaging his driveshaft. The incident ended Verstappen’s session and he was unable to take part in Q2, dropping out in 15th place but being promoted to 13th on the provisional starting grid due to power unit penalties for the Toro Rosso drivers.
However, Red Bull needed to change Verstappen’s gearbox due to the driveshaft damage and that change brings with it an automatic five-place grid penalty.
Verstappen will now line up 18th ahead of only the two Toro Rossos, with Fernando Alonso, Sergey Sirotkin, Lance Stroll, Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne all moving up one position to start from 13th to 17th respectively.
In 2017, Verstappen started from 16th on the grid due to a power unit penalty and finished fourth after being penalized for an overtaking move on Kimi Raikkonen for third place on the final lap of the race.