Verstappen misses Monaco qualifying

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Verstappen misses Monaco qualifying

Formula 1

Verstappen misses Monaco qualifying


Max Verstappen will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid after failing to take part in qualifying due to a crash in final practice.

Having been second quickest in every session, Verstappen was fastest at the time in FP3 when he clipped the inside barrier at the second part of the Swimming Pool complex, breaking his right-front suspension and heading straight for the wall on the exit of the next corner.

The damage to the right-front corner of the car was severe and Red Bull had just two hours between the end of final practice and the start of qualifying to try and make the repairs. However, with the gearbox also needing replacing — a change that carries a five-place grid penalty — Verstappen was unable to take part in qualifying.

Having not taken to the track in Q1, Verstappen will need permission to start the race as a result of not having set a time, although his practice effort will be sufficient for him to be allowed to start.

Verstappen crashed out of Q1 in Monaco two years ago — on his first appearance for Red Bull — in the exact same position on the track, and then duly retired from the race with an accident at Massenet while trying to recover through the field from the back of the grid.

-Chris Medland