Red Bull suffer worst qualifying of the season for the Monaco Grand Prix

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    Red Bull Racing suffered their worst qualifying session of the season ahead of tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix.

    Max Verstappen qualified P6 with a lap time of 1:10.567, the first time he has not claimed pole position this season.

    His final lap in Q3 seeing him hit a wall - an event that forcibly ended his final attempt to put himself further up the grid.

    The reigning World Champion could have broken Ayrton Senna's decades-long record for the most consecutive pole positions after equally the legend's record of eight at last weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but issues with his car prevented him from even breaking into the top five ahead of tomorrow's race.

    Speaking afterwards, Verstappen was disappointed but not overly surprised with the result.

    He explained: "I'm not disappointed with the position, I'm just disappointed with our performance, which the whole weekend it has been."

    "It's not something that came as a surprise to me. I knew our limitations already coming into this weekend."

    "It's been bad, I can't take any kerbs. In the middle sector, I'm driving around the kerbs. It honestly feels like I'm driving a go-kart with no suspension and no damping, so yeah it's been very difficult for us."

    It wasn't all terrible, though, as Verstappen said: "I felt really comfortable in the high-speed corners, at least that was enjoyable, but in the low-speed, I'm losing too much."

    Meanwhile, fellow Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez had another qualifying session to forget, missing out on Q2 by 0.172 seconds - the first time the Mexican has failed to reach the second round of qualifying this season.

    His 1:12.060 lap time sees him start tomorrow's Grand Prix in P18, behind Williams' Logan Sargeant and Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso - his worst qualifying performance of the year after last week's P11 at Imola.

    In his post-qualifying interview, Pérez commented: "We've been struggling all weekend. We could not really get on top of what we've been doing with the car."

    "We've been changing a lot and we just couldn't get in the rhythm in qualifying, and that meant we were quite far off initially and then on my final lap when we were looking good I encountered traffic."

    He concluded: "Those couple of tenths were enough, I mean I think I was half a second off P1, so the margins were extremely tight out there."

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