Verstappen uses crashes as motivation

Verstappen uses crashes as motivation

19 May 2017 – Max Verstappen says he is even keener to perform at this year's Monaco Grand Prix after an incident-filled weekend in the Principality 12 months ago.

Verstappen started the 2016 season at Toro Rosso, before taking Daniil Kvyat's seat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix, winning on his debut for the team.

However, at the following round in Monaco, he suffered three crashes over the course of the weekend, including hard hits in qualifying and the race.

Verstappen commented: "There is no such thing as a low-risk lap in Monaco, it doesn't exist if you want to be fast, because you have to be on the limit.

"Last year's crash was very unfortunate, but it doesn't affect my confidence heading back there, it just makes me want to do better this year and learn from my mistakes.

"Preparation for Monaco is a little different, you definitely build up a little bit slower throughout the weekend and pace yourself – it's important to find the limit carefully."

Verstappen added: "With the new cars, I think the chicane around the swimming pool will be the most challenging corner this year."

Verstappen's team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, is also looking to make up for the heartache of last year's race, having started on pole position but lost the win due to a pit-stop blunder.

"Last year was disappointing for me as I felt we definitely had the win on the cards," said Ricciardo.

"I am old enough and mature enough now to put that behind me and be able to look forward to racing there, and take back what I felt I lost last year.

"I don't think I could have gone any quicker in my pole lap; personally, I felt it went really well, one of the best laps I have ever done."

Ricciardo sits fifth in the standings, two points ahead of Verstappen.

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