Monaco Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen says that he and his team need to find some setup improvements to move forward for qualifying on Saturday.
Verstappen finished P3 in the first practice session, despite missing half of the tracktime due to floor damage. He finished P6 in the second session.
“It was a bit of a messy second practice, but we’re not too far off.” he said after Red Bull saw junior team Toro Rosso vie with them for stable supremacy.
“It felt quite straightforward today, the balance of the car felt ok and we didn’t do too many big changes so we are pleased with our performance. We still need some small improvements which we will hopefully find overnight and be up there at the front tomorrow. The red flag in the second practice messed up my run a bit so I didn’t get a good chance on the new tyres and to show a true fast lap potential. I have learnt from the last few years you do not need to be the quickest on Thursday, it takes a lot of concentration here as one small mistake means you are in the wall and the session is over.”
Having missed time in FP1 due to floor damage, he explained that he had been too aggressive over the kerbs at the Swimming Pool complex: “It was coming into the Swimming Pool, it was the left and right kerb, I touched them twice and it was already damaged.”
“Qualifying is very important in Monaco as once you get in traffic during a race it is so hard to overtake and progress, it’s also very risky trying it. If you can get the tyres in the right window it helps massively, today we didn’t quite manage to get there so we will work on that tomorrow and be ready for Qualifying.”