Red Bull drivers move on from Monaco mishaps

Thu Jun 9, 2016 2:47pm EDT
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By Ian Gordon

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Max Verstappen believes he has learnt more from his crash in Monaco than from becoming Formula One's youngest-ever race winner in Barcelona.

Two weeks after rewriting the record books on the Circuit de Catalunya on his race debut for Red Bull, the 18-year-old Dutch driver was brought back to earth with a bang in the most watched race of all.

Verstappen crashed into the barriers having been forced to start from the back of the grid after also finding Monte Carlo's streets unforgiving in qualifying.

"I would say disappointed of course but you learn from those weekends even more than I did in Barcelona," said Verstappen of what he would take from the setback. "You need that sometimes to become better."

Verstappen, a winner in Spain last month, said his confidence remained high ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

"I am ready to go again. It's a week ago now, so you get over it," he told reporters on Thursday, with the team showing increasing signs of competitiveness.

"We can challenge for podiums and sometimes victories and that's what we have to do," added the youngster, who moved up from junior team Toro Rosso last month.

Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo missed out on the win in Monaco after the team did not have the correct tyres ready at his second pit-stop, but he had also moved on from that disappointment.   Continued...

Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix - Monaco - 25/5/16. Red Bull Driver Max Verstappen takes part in a news conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco, May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files