Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen accepted that a ‘miscalculation’ on his part caused him to crash out of Formula 1 qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver is set to line up on the back row of the grid after hitting the barriers hard at the Swimming Pool, caused by him damaging his suspension by clipping the barrier at the entry to the second part of that sequence.
“It’s pretty simple, I turned in a bit too early, slightly touched the inside barrier and it broke the track rods,” Verstappen told reporters after qualifying. “I couldn’t steer anymore and just went straight into the barrier.”
When asked if it was his mistake, he added: “A miscalculation, just turned in a fraction too early, slightly touched the barrier. That, of course, is easy to say afterwards. You don’t want that to happen, especially in Q1 with a car that is comfortably top four with the end result.
Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo stormed to pole position, and the teenager is hoping to put on a recovery charge on Sunday.
“Daniel did a great lap, it’s positive for the team,” he said. “I would have been happy if I had qualified top four. We have a great car, the pace is good. Definitely we can get past some cars. I will certainly try. After the top guys and the Ferraris there is a big pace difference so hopefully we can take advantage of that. Apparently there is rain expected, that would be nice.”