Winner of the last two Grands Prix contested, Max Verstappen now wins the world championship before F1 goes to Monaco this weekend. Winner last year, the defending champion is eager to take up the Principality’s challenge again.
“Monaco is always a hectic but also very special weekend. Qualifying is crucial there, the track is old school and very narrow, your heart rate is very high, it’s crazy! We are always on the limit, it’s amazing to drive a Formula 1 there. My history is not very good in Monaco, but I finally won last year and I was happy and relieved when I crossed the line.”
“Checo and I work very well as a team and of course it’s great to lead the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. But there is still a long way to go and as we have seen, everything can change this season.”
His teammate Sergio Perez had meanwhile finished fourth in the event in 2021. Progressing this season, the Mexican will want to finish on the box this time, he who was somewhat frustrated in Barcelona after sacrificing himself in favor of Verstappen.
“Monaco is one of the most special weekends of the season, especially when it comes to Q3 on Saturday. Qualifying is very intense because you know it determines 99% of the result on Sunday. I love this track , she is brilliant, you cannot make the slightest mistake in Monaco because if you do, it is normally very granted.”
“I had a big accident during my very first qualification in Monaco (in 2011 with Sauber) after losing the car at the exit of the tunnel. It was probably my worst accident in Formula 1, but despite that I love this place and drive on this track.”
“Your last result in Monaco doesn’t mean much because every weekend there is unique, and I think the atmosphere and the history of the event add to that. We are on a very good dynamic with the team. and we will have to keep giving it our all. I can’t wait to see how well our car performs on this circuit.”