Max Verstappen: “There is no such thing as a low risk lap in Monaco”

Max Verstappen knows he will have to push to be competitive at Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Max Verstappen knows that risks will need to be taken around the streets of Monaco in order to be at the front of the field, but is not letting his crashes from the 2016 event affect his confidence.

The Red Bull Racing driver crashed out of the race last season at the exit of the Swimming Pool complex having already crashed on the run up the hill earlier in the weekend, but he is looking to learn from his mistakes this year.

“There is no such thing as a low risk lap in Monaco, it doesn’t exist if you want to be fast because you have to be on the limit,” insisted Verstappen. “Last year’s crash was very unfortunate but it doesn’t affect my confidence heading back there, it just makes me want to do better this year and learn from my mistakes.

“We still have a lot to learn from the car in terms of set-up as it is always developing and we haven’t driven it on a tight street circuit yet.

“Preparation for Monaco is a little different, you definitely build up a little bit slower throughout the weekend and pace yourself. It’s important to find the limit carefully. With the new cars I think the chicane around the swimming pool will be the most challenging corner this year.”

Verstappen says he enjoys living in Monaco and has a lot of fun in the principality, and being able to train with the Mediterranean Sea as his backdrop is an enjoyable experience.

“I have been living in Monaco for just over a year now and really enjoyed every minute of it,” said Verstappen. “I have a good crew of friends which means we always have plenty of fun.

“It is also nice being able to train in the Mediterranean sun, and experience the nightlife… in the off season.”