Max Verstappen sees Principality’s first victory as “redemption” after torturous road to F1 success – fr

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Max Verstappen sees Principality’s first victory as “redemption” after torturous road to F1 success – fr




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Max Verstappen looks back on this first victory in the Monaco Grand Prix which places him at the top of the drivers’ championship, the day he felt he had redeemed all his previous outings in Monte-Carlo.

Max Verstappen looks back on this first victory in the Monaco Grand Prix which places him at the top of the drivers’ championship, the day he felt he had redeemed all his previous outings in Monte-Carlo.

Max Verstappen admitted that his first Monaco Grand Prix victory felt like “redemption” after difficult past experiences of legendary but deemed ruthless street racing.

On an important Sunday at the start of the 2021 title battles, Verstappen and Red Bull tossed Mercedes’ lead in both championships for the first time this season for their second victory in a competitive campaign.

Verstappen’s victory saw the 23-year-old take the lead in the Drivers ‘Championship for the first time in his 124th race in the sport, while Red Bull now leads the Constructors’ Championship for the first time since 2013 .

“I’ve never been on the podium here and the first time it’s straight away a victory,” the victorious Dutchman told Sky Sports F1.

“So it’s a bit of redemption for all the other races here because I never really had a good feeling on a Sunday here. “

Max finally masters Monte Carlo

Verstappen had certainly had a tumultuous time in Monaco until this year.

2015: The wreck of the Toro Rosso de Verstappen after crashing out of the race

On his debut at F1’s flagship event at age 17 in 2015, Verstappen made a spectacular exit from the race, crushing his Toro Rosso in the back of Romain Grosjean’s car and crashing into the barriers of Ste Devotee.

The incident earned him a grid penalty for the next event.

2016: Verstappen broke barriers during the three days of track racing

2016: Verstappen broke barriers during the three days of track racing

A year later he fell again in his second race for Red Bull – barely a fortnight after winning his debut for the team in Spain – having already found the barriers both in practice and qualifying .

A fifth place was secured in 2017 but he was back in the Monte Carlo Wars for a particularly costly effect the following season, this time in final practice in an accident that excluded him from qualifying. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo took pole and won the race, Verstappen finished ninth.

2018: This time around, a big chance for a race victory came when Verstappen let him down coming out of the pool chicane in final practice.

2018: This time around, a big chance for a race victory was begged when Verstappen let him down on his way out of the pool chicane during final practice.

And although he finished just second on the road to Hamilton during F1’s last visit to the Principality two years ago, a time penalty for contact with Valtteri Bottas in the pits took him off the podium to fourth place.

2019: A five-second penalty for a dangerous exit on the path of Valtteri Bottas

2019: A five-second penalty for a dangerous exit on the path of Valtteri Bottas

But that itch of the Monegasque podium was finally – and definitely – scratched off in a serene victorious performance on Sunday.

Verstappen in charge – from start to finish

“Of course it always feels like it’s in control, but staying focused for so many laps is the hardest part,” said Verstappen after winning nine seconds over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

“It’s easy to relax a bit when you’re in the lead and it’s easy to make a mistake, so you have to remember to stay focused and keep your thoughts on the go.

“As far as the pace goes, it was very controlled because all the time, if someone was trying to push me a little bit in terms of the lap time, we could respond and widen the gap and they started to pull over. wrestle with the tires. “

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Join Ted Kravitz from the paddock after the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, as he discusses the big events of the race and talks to some of the sport’s key figures.

Join Ted Kravitz from the paddock after the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, as he discusses the big events of the race and talks to some of the sport’s key figures.

Having admitted that he “was not happy at all” with his start to Thursday weekend, as he struggled against the RB16B understeer in early practice, Verstappen was frustrated at the end of qualifying. Saturday when Charles Leclerc crashes in the paid laps final for what he thinks was his own pole attempt.

Leclerc instead retained what is usually the most crucial pole of the entire season, but the Monegasque suffered grief in the 30 minutes leading up to Sunday’s race when a driveshaft failure on his Ferrari ruled him out. of the grand prize.

From his second place on the grid, Verstappen therefore started with no one ahead of him for the crucial first round towards Ste Devote, although he must have been wary of covering Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes.

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Max Verstappen is in the lead after making the perfect start to the Monaco Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen is in the lead after making the perfect start to the Monaco Grand Prix.

“When you realize that he [Leclerc]is not there, you need to quickly change course and make sure you still have a good start, ”said Verstappen.

“You start out more or less first, but the guy on the inside is always trying to get you out of the line. “

After successfully fending off Bottas, Verstappen led for the 78 laps of the race.

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And with Hamilton finishing seventh, Verstappen established a slim four-point championship lead over rival Mercedes in the direction of Baku, another street track, for the upcoming event June 4-6.

“We are competitive, but I think Mercedes is always the one to beat,” he insisted.

“They are very fast on more normal tracks. But very happy with what we have achieved as a team this weekend. “

“We are leading the championship and of course I hope to be there at the end of the season because it is the most important [thing]. «

‘Actions speak louder than words’

Meanwhile, apparently referring to comments Hamilton made at Wednesday’s press conference, Verstappen said in response to a question about the significance of the result: “Well, first of all, stocks are always over. eloquent than words.

“I think it’s a good lesson after this weekend. You know you have to talk on the track. That’s what I love and yes we as a team so far have made the smallest mistakes and that’s why we’re ahead. So hopefully we can keep that momentum going for the rest of the season. ”

Hamilton had suggested to Verstappen “maybe he feels he has a lot to prove” after wheel-to-wheel battles with rival Red Bull in the opening laps of the season, while the Mercedes driver also said in the race. previous race in Spain: “I think they still have some performance on us, they just make a lot of mistakes. “

For his part, Hamilton laughed at the suggestion that he was trying to play “mind games” against Verstappen.

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