Verstappen: We understand our big weakness

Verstappen: We understand our big weakness

Verstappen: We understand our big weakness

Max Verstappen admits that Red Bull have to work on a critical weakness of the RB20, which reared its ugly head at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

The 81st instalment of the iconic Monaco Grand Prix proved to be even more of a procession that anticipated. An early Red flag brought about by a collision between Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez put everyone on a similar strategy.

No overtakes were observed in the top ten positions, including for Championship leader Verstappen, who ended the race in sixth place stuck behind George Russell in the Mercedes.

Charles Leclerc broke his home race curse by winning around the streets of Monaco, while Oscar Piastri for McLaren and Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. round out the podium.

Verstappen, who could only qualify on the third row of the grid after complaining of a lack of stability over kerbs and bumps from his RB20, attempted a late pitstop for fresh Hard tyres but still couldn’t get past Russell and ultimately finished where he started the 78-lap event.

The Dutchman’s lead in the Drivers’ Championship has dwindled to just 31 points ahead of Leclerc, while Ferrari have closed the gap to Red Bull in the Constructors’ to 24 points.

Really boring

Verstappen: We understand our big weakness

Verstappen echoed the thoughts of many a Formula 1 fan at the conclusion of the race. When asked about his prevailing emotions by Sky Sports F1, the triple World Champion stated: “Yeah… chill. It was no workout whatsoever. Just really, really boring.

“I mean we just finished where we started. The strategy got ruined with the Red flag, so we had to pack it out on the Medium [tyre].

“77 laps on the Medium tyre was going to be really hard, so from the restart it was driving four seconds off the pace,” added the 26-year-old.

Verstappen hopes that the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix will provide better entertainment for spectators, but has doubts as to whether he will be back fighting for pole positions and race victories after a difficult Monaco round.

He said: “Naturally we will [see better racing at the Canadian Grand Prix]. It’s still not going to be the easiest weekend because of the kerbing. Our car is just not very good at that.

“They resurfaced the track so that might bring some unexpected stuff.”

Verstappen concluded by claiming that the Monaco Grand Prix weekend was a worthwhile learning experience to elucidate glaring deficiencies with the Red Bull RB20 as the team looks to maintain their lead in both Championships.

“This has been a really tricky weekend for us,” admitted the Dutch driver. “The only positive that comes out of this weekend is that we understand what our big weakness is and that’s what we really have to work on.

“Because if we can solve that or at least make it decent we immediately gain a lot of lap time, and that is promising.”

The Canadian Grand Prix commences Sunday 9 June at 19:00 BST (14:00 local time). Can Verstappen get back on top in Montreal?