Verstappen: I just didn’t want to go too risky

Max Verstappen took a race winning car and bent it severely during the final free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend and as a result, he threw away a potential victory as well as a certain one-two for his team.

After the weekend at the principality, Verstappen has copped a ton of flak from his usual detractors but this time the critics have also included both Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.

Nevertheless, Verstappen revealed how, by his standards, he was cautious in the race after starting from last on the grid, “I know what I have to do and what not. I cannot permit myself to go all in and see what the outcome is. That’s just the situation I am in at the moment.”

Despite an awkward battle with Renault’s Carlos Sainz, Verstappen did get by several cars – on the notoriously difficult to overtake – track to finish ninth, while his teammate Daniel Ricciardo shone on the day to take the victory.

Verstappen explained after the race, “I just didn’t want to go too risky and have a crash because I cannot be in that position now. I think I did everything with a certain margin. If I would have taken a bit more risk I don’t think I would have got past the guys ahead of me.”

“I enjoyed myself out there, passing a few people and having the right strategy. Starting last I managed to get two places straight away at the start which was good.”

“From there it was just a case of trying to pass. At times it was easier than others, with different drivers and engines on the straights, but I still managed to squeeze past a few drivers so that’s always good.”

“It wasn’t where I wanted to finish, looking back on the whole weekend with the performance of the car. But if you have to start last with the problem I had with the crash I had in practice, you do the best you can.”

“It’s positive. The car is really strong. Of course not on every track we can show that potential because of the deficit on the straight but it’s good to know we have a good car,” added Verstappen who left Monaco sixth in the drivers’ standings with 35 points, 37 shy of Ricciardo’s tally after six rounds.