Max Verstappen: “I learn a lot from those moments”


Max Verstappen - Credit: Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Max Verstappen went from hero to zero after the Spanish Grand Prix winner ended his Monaco Grand Prix in the barriers, his second accident of the weekend.

The teenage Dutchman revealed his disappointment after crashing out at Massenet, having already climbed from his pit lane start into the points after a number of impressive overtakes, feeling that after the hard work his mechanics put in overnight to build a new car around a new chassis following his qualifying crash deserved a better outcome.

The Red Bull Racing driver admitted that it was his mistake that put him into the barriers, having run slightly off line on slick tyres onto the wetter portion of the track, which saw him become a passenger as his RB12 suffered broken front and rear suspension in the crash.

“Disappointed in myself and disappointed for the team, because they worked very hard to get the car ready and I didn’t give them the result they deserved today,” said Verstappen.

“We were in a good way, we were in the points and to start from the pit lane and end in the points would have been very good, but I learned from this and hopefully we can come back stronger in Canada.

“It was pretty tricky especially in the beginning of the race it was a very slippery track. It got better and better, the track was drying, and I think from then on we had great pace and I was overtaking cars, charging through the field and everything felt well.

“Then we put the softs on and I locked up. Unfortunately I went a bit off-line and of course then you arrive in the wet area and I was a passenger from there on. That’s racing in the end, it can go up and down very quickly but you shouldn’t back off because of this you should keep positive, keep pushing.

“I learn a lot from those moments as well and I’m already focusing on Canada now and leaving Monaco behind.”