Horner: Verstappen needs to stop making errors after Monaco crash

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that Max Verstappen "needs" to stop making mistakes, after the Dutchman blew his chances in the Monaco Grand Prix with a practice crash

Horner: Verstappen needs to stop making errors after Monaco crash

With Red Bull's car in a class of its own around the streets of Monte Carlo, Verstappen had looked set for a thrilling battle with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for pole position.

But Verstappen crashed at the end of FP3 - damaging his car and putting him out of qualifying after the team discovered a problem with the gearbox late on - he will start from the back of the grid as a result.

Horner admitted the situation was especially frustrating because Red Bull was so quick but, after several high-profile incidents in 2018, he thinks the time has come for Verstappen to learn his lesson.

"This place bites," Horner told Channel 4. "He got bitten pretty hard today in a session that doesn't really count for anything other than setting the car up.

"He is in a car that is capable of winning this grand prix and that will hurt him even more.

"You don't get that many opportunities to win a Monaco GP. He needs to learn from it, and stop making these errors. He knows that more than anybody.

"I think it was a pretty painful qualifying from him, watching what could have been."

When asked if there was a chance that the Monaco practice error would ram home the point that Verstappen needs to change his approach, Horner said: "I hope so. I don't know what else will.

"We have a great car. He is a phenomenally fast driver and would have been competing for the pole position today.

"For the whole team with such a strong car to be only be running one legged is frustrating.

"But I have to complement all the guys in the garage, with both car crews doing their best to get him out in that session, but unfortunately that wasn't to be."

Verstappen's failure to make it out in time for qualifying came after it emerged shortly before the session got underway that there was a problem with his gearbox.

Horner explained that it was only when the car was fired up following the earlier repairs that the issue was discovered.

"The car was fired up and we saw the oil leak in the gearbox, which had been hidden by a shroud, and that was it," he said.

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