Max Verstappen apologised to Red Bull F1 team for Monaco GP crash

Max Verstappen has apologised to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for the two accidents that wrecked his Monaco Grand Prix weekend

Max Verstappen apologised to Red Bull F1 team for Monaco GP crash

On Saturday Verstappen crashed on the exit of the Swimming Pool complex in qualifying, prompting an overnight chassis change and a pitlane start.

After fighting his way up to ninth during the race, making some bold overtaking moves in the process, Verstappen then smashed into another barrier at Massenet.

Coming just a fortnight after the heroic victory on his debut for Red Bull in Spain that made him the youngest race winner in F1 history, Verstappen was inevitably annoyed with himself.

"In the end I have to apologise to the team because they worked really hard to get the car prepared, it shouldn't have happened and I didn't give them the result they deserved, and I'm very sorry for that," he said.

"I'm just disappointed in myself because this shouldn't happen."

He had been optimistic about the progress he was making through the field up to that point.

"Up until the crash I was feeling good," said Verstappen.

"I had good pace, especially on the intermediates once I had some clear air, I did some overtaking, so it was all pretty good.

"But unfortunately on this track, especially in the half [wet]-half [dry] conditions, if you lock up a bit and go a bit off-line, it's very easy to go off track, and that's what happened.

"I locked up, went off-line, it was still wet on the outside, and from there on I was just a passenger. I hit the wall pretty hard and I hurt my knee a bit."

Though Verstappen's Monaco result was a stark contrast to Spain, team principal Christian Horner believes the 18-year-old will learn from it.

"He'd had a very strong first half of the race, made some very good overtaking moves, made good progress, was running in the top 10 and he was pushing on," said Horner.

"He saw [Nico] Rosberg wasn't that far ahead. Unfortunately the conditions just caught him out at the top of the hill - he wasn't the only one caught out.

"It's been a very contrasting weekend for him compared to two weeks ago, but it's all part of the learning curve he's on.

"The trajectory you can see is still extremely impressive. He's going to learn, and I doubt you'll see him make the same mistakes this time next year.

"He's very level. He's a bright, intelligent character and he'll definitely take on board what's happened this weekend and learn from it."

shares
comments
Nico Rosberg: Letting Lewis Hamilton past in Monaco 'very painful'
Previous article

Nico Rosberg: Letting Lewis Hamilton past in Monaco 'very painful'

Next article

No excuse for Red Bull blunder

No excuse for Red Bull blunder
Load comments
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax Plus

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage Plus

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Surtees became an unappreciated Ferrari great Plus

How Surtees became an unappreciated Ferrari great

John Surtees and Enzo Ferrari parted ways amicably but could have achieved more together. On the weekend that Formula 1 makes its bow in Qatar, a country best-known for staging bike racing, NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the career of the formidable ‘Big John’ - the first man to achieve success at the highest level on two and four wheels

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2021