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Verstappen: Finishing third is not ideal

Verstappen: Finishing third is not ideal

Verstappen: Finishing third is not ideal

Max Verstappen had to settle for third at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, as he watched teammate Sergio Perez take the win, something he admits is not ideal.

The 2021 Formula 1 World Champion was never on the pace all weekend at Monaco, as he struggles to get his RB18 in the operating window he needed, while Sergio Perez seemed more at ease.

On race day, all Verstappen could do was make use of the team’s strategy to get by Charles Leclerc and finish third behind the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, after a chaotic and repeatedly interrupted race.

“First of all congratulations to Checo, he did an incredible job today,” Verstappen said in Red Bull’s race report. “As a Team we did a really great job, we managed a good strategy.

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“Of course finishing third for me is not ideal but I wasn’t able to improve my lap time yesterday so that’s just how it goes,” he lamented.

Red Bull remained calm in the heat of the battle

“In the heat of the battle and with the hectic start, we stayed calm as a Team, we made good decisions,” the Red Bull ace added. “The strategy paid off with Checo winning so that was the biggest positive of the day.

“I’m really proud of the Team effort this weekend and to get two cars onto the podium,” he concluded.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner added: “Max hasn’t quite had the car where he wanted this weekend, but he’s pleased with that result, he’s beaten Charles and kept his championship lead which was the goal.

“Through great teamwork from the drivers, on the pit wall, in the garage and back in Milton Keynes we optimised our performance this weekend, so we are very happy,” the Briton explained.

Verstappen will take comfort that he finished the race ahead of his rival Leclerc who he now leads by nine points in the Drivers’ Championship, which was the best case of damage limitation for the Dutchman over a weekend where he was out of sorts with his car.