Red Bull: Verstappen P6 as Pérez retires in Monaco Grand Prix

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    Max Verstappen claimed P6 in the Monaco Grand Prix as Sergio Pérez was forced to retire after a crash on Lap 1.

    Verstappen spent the race stuck behind the Mercedes of George Russell, who was one of many drivers managing the rest of the pack and creating a large gap between him and the leaders.

    Enough time opened up behind the Dutchman, however, and he managed to get in a pit stop a lap after Lewis Hamilton, which gave him a chance to chase down Russell in P5.

    The tight, twisting track at Monaco made overtaking too much of a challenge for the reigning World Champion, who suffered the worst finish of his season - excluding the Australian Grand Prix where a braking issue forced him to retire from the race.

    Speaking after the race, Verstappen commented: "We finished where we started, and the strategy was ruined by the red flag."

    "We knew 77 laps on the hard would be tough, so we had to back out and manage the tyres. It was boring."

    Looking ahead to the Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen said: "It probably won't be easy with the kerbing, our car isn't good over the kerbs and they resurfaced the track, so you don't know what to expect."

    Meanwhile, Sergio Pérez's race came to an end before it could even get going after crashing early in the first lap.

    Being hit from the side by the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, Pérez's car hit the barriers at speed, totalling his RB20, clipping Nico Hulkenburg's Haas and forcing him to retire.

    It was a hugely disappointing result for Pérez, who qualified P18 before being bumped up to P16 due to the Haas cars' qualifying disqualification, with the Mexican looking for a more positive race performance.

    Now, he must focus on the Canadian Grand Prix two weekends from now, with hopes of getting his season back on track after also qualifying poorly in last weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

    Speaking in post-race interviews, Pérez said: "On my onboard, there is no point where you see Kevin and I was just pretty surprised that he kept it flat at that point because it was just very unnecessary."

    "We had a lot of damage, we had a very dangerous incident. Also very disappointed that it didn’t get investigated because it was a massive incident, my car is completely destroyed and I have a lot of damage."

     

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