Red Bull’s Max Verstappen showcased his skill and composure in treacherous conditions to secure a hard-fought victory at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Red Bull driver admitted that he had a few heart-stopping moments, narrowly avoiding contact with the barriers throughout the race, and acknowledged his luck in emerging unscathed.
The adverse weather conditions further compounded Verstappen's challenges, particularly when racing on worn medium tires as the rain began to fall.
That was very lovely ? To win it in this way, makes it extra special ?— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 28, 2023
A great weekend which we executed really well! An amazing job by everyone in the team @redbullracing ? pic.twitter.com/NfdVGfpQT2
The Dutch driver revealed that locking up the rear tires made controlling the car difficult, leading to moments of drifting and brushes with the walls. However, Verstappen recognized that the walls ultimately played a crucial role in preventing further slides and potential damage to his car.
Verstappen's victory in Monaco marked his second triumph in the Mediterranean principality and his fourth win of the season.
The result further solidified his position as the current leader in the drivers' championship, now boasting a 39-point lead over his teammate Sergio Perez. With his maiden win for Red Bull at the Spanish Grand Prix on the horizon, Verstappen will aim to maintain his momentum and extend his advantage in the championship battle.
The victory also brought relief to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who admitted feeling apprehensive ahead of the Monaco race. Horner acknowledged the formidable challenge Monaco posed for his team, particularly due to the low-speed nature of the circuit.