He may be leading the standings for the first time, but Max Verstappen says he’ll only care about being top when it’s after the final race.
Verstappen headed into the Monaco Grand Prix trailing Lewis Hamilton in the standings after the Brit won three of the first four races.
At the end of the weekend though, he was leading by four points after claiming victory in dominant fashion while Hamilton could only take P7.
It was a big moment for the Red Bull man, being the first time in his career he had ever led the championship, but he’s not too fussed about doing so until it’s won him the title.
“Taking the lead in the championship feels good but we need to be there at the end of the final race, that’s all that matters,” he said.
‘Where we are now feels good and of course it shows that we had a decent start to the year but we have to keep on pushing because we still need to improve and do better. Nobody is ever perfect or standing still in this sport.
“So far we have made the smallest mistakes but nothing major and that is why we are first at the moment but we all know it can change very quickly.”
Monaco!!! 🏆 Teamwork brought us this victory. Thank you so much to @hondaracingf1 and @redbullracing for helping me win today and to everyone for the support 🙏🏻 Over the moon with this win, but we are pushing for more. So for now, let’s enjoy this great victory 🍾🇲🇨 #MonacoGP pic.twitter.com/sPcT1ahiS5
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 23, 2021
Prior to the 2021 edition, Verstappen hadn’t scored the best of results when racing around the streets of Monte Carlo in Formula 1.
Early on in the weekend, it looks as if that could be the case again, but things ultimately worked out perfectly, and he puts that down to the work done after the first day of running.
“We struggled on Thursday in practice but the team put a lot of work into making sure that the car was a lot better on Saturday,” he added.
“At the start of the weekend we didn’t have it quite right and it wasn’t all easy, but everyone analysed the data very well and made the car very competitive again for qualifying so we could be in the fight.
“It’s also very easy to make a mistake around Monaco, you have to keep focussed lap after lap, but last Sunday it felt really good to be leading the race and controlling it. I was not going to throw away my first Monaco win that’s for sure.”