Max Verstappen admitted “anything is possible” for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix regardless of qualifying a shock fifteenth after a mechanical failure.
After topping the timesheets in all three apply classes, Verstappen’s pole place seemed a formality on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
But a drive shaft difficulty early in Q2 meant Verstappen couldn’t set a fast time and he begins the race in P15.
Verstappen has received from low down the order earlier than – most notably in Budapest and Spa final yr – however mentioned it is going to be “tough” on a slim avenue monitor like Jeddah.
“It’s the first time I heard about it [the issue],” he informed Sky F1 afterwards.
“It’s very annoying for it to happen, we had a really good weekend, the car was working really well – now it will be a bit more tricky to get to the front, but it’s all about scoring points.
“Anything is possible at this track but it’s going to be tough. We have good pace.”
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez took pole place, whereas Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso will begin alongside him on the entrance row.
Charles Leclerc certified second however on account of a 10-place grid penalty will begin in twelfth place.
Double world champion Verstappen leads this yr’s World Championship after cruising to a gap race victory a fortnight in the past in Bahrain.