Monaco GP: Max Verstappen to start at the back after Red Bull gearbox change

Nico Rosberg and Paul Di Resta take an expert look at Max Verstappen’s crash during Practice Three of the Monaco GP

Max Verstappen will start the Monaco GP at the back of the grid after Red Bull were forced to change his gearbox ahead of qualifying.

The team were already facing a race against time as they tried to repair Verstappen’s car from his Practice Three crash, but discovered a gearbox issue minutes before the Monte Carlo shootout.

The problem meant Verstappen didn’t get out on track at all, and he will now start Sunday’s race, live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky One at 2.10pm, at the back of the grid or even in the pit-lane.

It was a nightmare couple of hours for Verstappen, who was looking like a serious pole contender but is now faced with the almighty challenge of coming through the field at F1’s tightest circuit.

Earlier, the Dutchman crashed out in Practice Three after making an error through the swimming pool chicane.

Verstappen clipped the wall as he avoided a Renault through the high-speed section of the iconic street strack, and then shunted into another barrier.

It was an almost-identical shunt to his 2016 Monaco incident and the fifth time he had crashed at F1’s showpiece in four entries.

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Max Verstappen crashes out of Practice Three of the Monaco GP

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