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Max from Monaco: 'No guarantees, especially not in Monaco'

Published on 23 May 2024 by Misha van der Kroon

He had to work for it, but Max Verstappen managed to keep Lando Norris behind and secure the victory in Imola. However, he does not see it as a indication for success during the Monaco Grand Prix, which will take place this weekend. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver says: “This is a completely different circuit, and probably not our best track, because our car normally has some difficulty with bumps and kerbstones. We have already worked on that, and our speed in the slow corners has also improved a bit. But I still don’t think that it will be an easy weekend for us.”

Max continues: “Even if you have the best car, Monaco is never easy. It is a difficult track to get everything right. One of the hard things here is to get the tyres alive during a qualifying lap. And there is also always something that causes delay or slows you down. There are a lot of things that can go well, but also a lot of things that could go wrong. We have to be on top of it.”

That took a while last week during the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna last week, where the team of Red Bull was struggling to get the right set-up of the RB20. Max says: “I hope that this weekend won’t be like that, because it is quite stressful and not fun at all. However, we know that Monaco is an even more difficult track for us, even though we have won here in the past. We will have to be at our best and get 100% out of it. Monaco can always surprise us.”

Max has started all seven races of the 2024 season from pole, and has now eight consecutive pole positions, including Abu Dhabi 2023. Getting pole again in Monaco is extremely important, but also hard to achieve. “So far this year, qualifying is going very well. I’m going to get pole position, but there are no guarantees. Especially not here in Monaco,” Max concludes.  

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