For the second consecutive year in Monaco, the last round of the playoffs is stopped. This is why Verstappen lost all hope of improving his standings in the last qualifying round.
Charles Leclerc, who took pole position last year, crashed in the pool area and caused red flags. This time around, Red Bull driver Sergio Perez crashed at Portier, causing the session to end under red flags.
Verstappen thinks it’s not good for drivers to go to extremes in the final episode and crash while maintaining their grid position.
“Of course it’s sad and disturbing that my teammate is stuck against the wall,” Verstappen said.
“But at the end of the day you don’t get a penalty for that. If you know you’re doing well on your first lap, then you can think, ‘I can park my car or tactically hit the wall.’ can do that.” said.
After Leclerc’s crash last year, it was debated whether F1 should apply a red flag rule similar to that of other series. Drivers who stop the session in certain heats lose their fastest laps in that session.
However, little progress has been made in negotiations on this issue, and so far there is no negative situation for the driver raising a red flag in such situations.
When asked if this rule should be changed, Verstappen replied: “It’s something we’ve been working on for a while.”
“It’s a good thing for the person who entered the wall. But for me, they are gifts.” said.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18
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Verstappen didn’t look as comfortable in the car as his team-mate Sergio Perez did during the Monaco GP weekend, falling behind in both practice and qualifying.
Verstappen said the settings he chose didn’t give him the strong front he favored, but he could still be on the front row of the grid.
“We tried things on the car in testing and some of them didn’t work,” Verstappen said.
“Then we changed a few things for qualifying and I think they improved the situation a bit.”
“I didn’t have enough grip at the front. It’s very important to have a car that turns very fast in Monaco. I didn’t have that. When you can’t attack in the corners, you lose much of the time. “
“Perez feels a bit more comfortable in the car. He has the balance he wants. He can drive with a bit of understeer, he likes that. But for me, the front of the car must be very strong.” said.