Max fourth in Monaco: 'It's a shame but it was a fun race'

Published on 26 May 2019 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the Monaco Grand Prix in fourth position. The Dutchman, who crossed the line in P2, half a second behind winner Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes, received a five second time penalty for an unsafe release at the pit stops. It meant that the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver was demoted and classified in fourth, behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas. Nevertheless,, Max was voted Driver of the Day. He received the accolade for the second time this season.”

“It’s a shame we had that penalty but I give everything today to get by Lewis. I knew he was on the softer tyre and had to drive slower to preserve them. That’s why I started pushing after the pit stop. Lewis had to speed up, which meant his tyres would suffer. I saw him struggling at certain points so I tried to attack”, explained Max after the race.

He added: “The problem is you can’t get close enough in the tunnel to really place an attack so I tried to keep the pressure on him. My front wing was pretty much glued to his floor but you just can’t overtake here. With a couple of laps to go, I decided to just go for it and see what would happen and we touched a bit.”

“It’s a shame, we drove well and deserved a podium. We were quick. But, I had a fun race and if you look at our pace, we’ve done a good job.”