Verstappen still smarting over Monaco call

Date published: June 9 2017

Max Verstappen is “still not happy” after losing out in the strategy game in Monaco, finishing fifth while Daniel Ricciardo reached the podium.

Verstappen was running fourth in Monaco when he was pitted before both Valtteri Bottas, P3, and Ricciardo, P5.

Red Bull had hoped that they could undercut the Mercedes driver to put Verstappen on the podium.

It didn’t work out like that.

Instead Ricciardo, the last of the trio to pit, got the optimum strategy and he leapfrogged both drivers to finish on the podium.

Verstappen wasn’t happy, calling it a “f*****g disaster.”

More than a week later, he’s still smarting a bit.

“I’m obviously still not happy about it to be honest,” he told reporters in Montreal.

“You can’t change the situation so I didn’t really think about racing too much after the Monaco Grand Prix.

“I enjoyed time with my friends and family and here we are again we just try to do a better job.”

He added: “For me it’s very difficult to see [how the strategy would work] because I don’t know what’s happening behind me, I don’t know who’s stopping.

“I’m just following the instructions, but to be honest I said to myself I don’t want to think about it anymore.

“It’s done now.”