Horner: Monaco was a learning curve for Max

Date published: May 31 2016

According to Red Bull boss Christian Horner, the Monaco Grand Prix was learning curve for young driver Max Verstappen who had a mistake-ridden weekend in the Principality

Despite starting from the pitlane after crashing out during qualifiers, Verstappen drove elegantly during Sunday’s race and tore through the grid to end up in the top ten.

However, the Dutchman’s brilliant comeback was ultimately ruined when he ran wide at Massenet and hit the barrier on lap 33.

Horner insisted that the Spanish Grand Prix winner will learn from his experiences in Monte Carlo and added that it will only make him a better and more complete driver for the future.

“He’d had a very strong first half of the race, he’d made some great overtaking moves, he’d made good progress and was running in the top ten, and he was pushing on because basically he saw that Rosberg wasn’t that far ahead,” the Red Bull boss told Crash.net

“Unfortunately, the conditions just caught him out at the top of the hill. He wasn’t the only one today to be caught out, but it’s been a very contrasting weekend for him compared to two weeks ago.

“It’s all part of the learning curve that he’s on and I think that the trajectory that you can see is still extremely impressive. I only think that he’s going to learn and we won’t see him make the same mistakes next year.

“He’s a bright, intelligent character and I think he’ll take on board what has happened this weekend and he’ll definitely move forward and learn from it.”