Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has told Max Verstappen to stop making so many errors after crashing and missing qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
On a circuit that places less emphasis on power unit performance, Red Bull was the class of the field throughout free practice, with Daniel Ricciardo leading a one-two in all three sessions. Verstappen was only 0.001s off his teammate in FP3, but ended the session in the barrier after crashing in the second part of the Swimming Pool section, and missed qualifying because the gearbox was damaged in the incident.
“This place bites and he got bitten pretty hard today in a session that doesn’t really count for anything, other than setting the car up,” Horner told Channel 4. “He’s in a car that’s capable of winning this grand prix and that will hurt him even more because you don’t get that many opportunities to win a Monaco Grand Prix.
“He needs to learn from it and stop making these errors. He knows that more than anybody and I would imagine that was a pretty painful qualifying for him watching what could have been.”
Asked if the incident in Monaco will be the catalyst for Verstappen to change, Horner replied: “I hope so.
“I don’t know what else will. We’ve got a great car, he’s a phenomenally fast driver and would have been able to be competing for the pole position today and for the whole team to only be running one-legged with such a strong car is frustrating but I have to compliment all the guys in the garage, we had both crews working hard to get him back out into that session but unfortunately this time it was not meant to be.”
Later speaking to Sky Sports, Horner added that he had mixed emotions when Ricciardo secured the second pole of his career and continued his dominant performance.
“Well Daniel’s been on it all weekend. He’s been quickest in every session, every qualifying piece there and he’s delivered two great laps that were capable of pole so he’s done an amazing job. It feels a little bittersweet so really delighted for the pole but we should have had two cars up there. It’s frustrating with such a fast car not to have both cars on the front two of the grid.”