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Jos Verstappen Claims that “things like this cannot happen” at Monaco

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The iconic Monaco Grand Prix has been nothing but controversial this year and Jos Verstappen had something to say about it.

He criticised the FIA for how they handled racing decisions. The drivers and fans had to wait an hour before the race started. It started raining heavily as soon as it was about to be lights out. They then raced two laps behind the safety car. They carried on the race for another 30 laps, before a crash by Mick Schumacher in the swimming pool chicane caused a red flag.

The three-hour race limit ran out and Sergio Perez won his first-ever Monaco Grand Prix without completing 77 laps. Some claim that Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc had the chance of going for the win taken away.

The late start and red flags removed the mystery of what might happen in a race. Jos Verstappen had his say on Max Verstappen’s official website and was left disappointed with how race control handled this situation.

The FIA’s problems

Jos first commented on the delayed start. He said that such a decision gave away the excitement of trying to figure out the team’s strategy with the tyres.

He also commented on how Pirelli’s wet tyres and how these have not been proving to go down very well with the drivers. Being an experienced Formula One driver who started 106 Grands Prix, he can talk about the days when the cars used Bridgestone and Michelin tyres.

He said, “To be honest I wasn’t left with a good feeling about the race weekend in Monaco. And that’s putting it mildly. Firstly, I think they should have just started at three o’clock. These days it seems that everyone at race control gets stressed at the first sight of a few drops of rain.

“Sure it would have been a chaotic start and the teams would have been in doubt as to which tyre would have been the best option. But that is what people want to see. Now they just waited, then it turned out there were also problems with the starting lights.

“FIA or the organisation, whoever is responsible, should make sure that there is a back-up for situations like this and that the equipment is in order. Now we get starts behind the safety car, which in my view takes the edge off. Especially on a circuit like Monaco. We live in a competitive, professional sport. Things like this cannot happen.

“I also find it incredible to see how little grip the drivers have on the full wets. This is not new during the last race but has been going on for a long time. Something should be done about it. They must ensure that tyres can cope with three centimetres of water.

“We used to be able to do that too back in the competition days with Bridgestone and Michelin. Also, red flags come out very quickly these days. Tsunoda hit the crash barrier with his left front in qualifying and a red flag was waved immediately. You are ruining it for the other drivers.”

As Max Verstappen’s father

The FIA also took too long to enable DRS. This already happened in Imola, in which it also rained. At the end of the day though, as Jos said above. This is a competitive sport and drivers were made to race in such conditions.

The track got drier by time and DRS could have been enabled, but race control decided to take its time once again. And that is when all top four cars got crammed together and it became even more dangerous for them to overtake each other.

Carlos Sainz almost bumped into Sergio Perez’s back twice. If DRS was enabled before, when the track initially got drier, the drivers would have had more time and opportunity to do so. And probably with even less risk of them damaging their or any others’ car.

Max Verstappen finished third because of this decision and lost 10 points which could have given him a good lead in the championship. Jos was left feeling upset by such a result for his son.

He said, “As a father, I was also disappointed with the race. Max’s third place was very disappointing. We all saw that it was a difficult weekend for him. It starts with the car, which simply doesn’t have the characteristics for his driving style yet. Max has far too little grip at the front axle. And especially in Monaco, with all those short corners, you need a car that turns very quickly. That was just hard.

Still happy for Red Bull

Although the disappointing result for Max, as a team Red Bull had a good finish in Monaco. And Jos made sure to congratulate them on that, although he wished more for his son.

He is aware that Ferrari are very fast and are also better in qualifying. Red Bull must not get ahead of themselves.

He said, “Red Bull achieved a good result, but at the same time exerted little influence to help Max to the front. That he finished third, he owes to Ferrari’s mistake at the second stop at Charles Leclerc. The championship leader, Max, was not helped in that sense by the chosen strategy. It turned completely to Checo’s favour. That was disappointing to me, and I would have liked it to be different for the championship leader.”

Well, maybe Red Bull aimed at gathering points for the team rather than the championship leader this weekend. Sergio Perez was faster throughout the weekend, and without a doubt, if they knew that he had a better chance of winning, they were going to put their focus on him. I guess Red Bull really proved that there are no first and second drivers in the team.

Jos added, “Perez actually won the race because of the earlier pit stop. The team can perhaps explain that as a gamble, but they had already seen, with for example Gasly, that the intermediates were the best option at that time.

“I would have liked them to go for Max, but of course, I am not entirely objective. I think ten points from Max have been thrown away here. Especially with the two retirements we’ve had, we need every point. Don’t forget that Ferrari currently has a better car, especially in qualifying.

“Max also had bad luck in qualifying, because in his last was he was significantly faster and on his way to second place, until the crash of Perez. Then everything would have been different. Apart from all this, I am happy for Checo. Winning in Monaco is of course something special and I hope he enjoys it. And from now on, it’s full focus on the next races in Baku and Canada.”

There is no doubt that Jos would want the best for his son, but the team has two drivers to look after and things will not always go the Dutch’s way.

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