Even the rain couldn’t really mess up the order at the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen won his fourth victory of the year and the 39th of his career with a start-to-finish success. Behind the driver of the two-time world champion of Red Bull, Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso was waved off in second place, and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was able to take the bottom step of the podium.
After waving off the 78-lap race David Coulthard, the thirteen-time grand prix winner ex-F1 driver conducted the interviews with the first three places.
“We had quite a difficult race because while we were on the mediums, Fernando was on the hards. We didn’t want to make the stage so long, but we had to stay out because of the rain,” he began after his second success in Monaco Verstappen. “The tires got grainy, and after that I managed to shift a bit higher, but the situation was still difficult. Later it started to rain, so we had to switch to temporary tires.”
“The track was incredibly slippery and when you’re driving that much you don’t want to push too hard, but you also don’t lose a lot of time, so I was in quite a difficult position. I even reached the wall a couple of times, it was very difficult, but that’s Monaco,” he explained the difficulties caused by the changeable weather. “It’s great that we won in Monaco, and it’s also great that it came together today, with the rain and everything else, we were able to stay calm.”
“We started on the hard tires and it was already difficult for us because we gave up the chance to overtake in turn 1. We were confident that it would be a long strategic fight, but Max led very well and he also managed to extend his first stage”, he praised his opponent Alonso. “We had no chance even in the rain, but the conditions became more complicated in the meantime.”
“Specifically, I couldn’t drive with maximum performance anywhere, the braking was choppy before turns 5 and 10, so it wasn’t easy. What surprised me, however, was that there were no accidents, no safety car. Everyone did a great job and kept the car on the track,” commented the Spaniard on the last third of the race.
“Yes, we did it, we have the podium,” he declared triumphantly, intoxicated with joy Ocon, who recorded the third F1 podium of his career. “What a weekend behind the team! We managed to improve the car from start to finish and didn’t make a single wrong move. Even when we had to put the intermediate tires on, we chose a perfect lap.”
“It’s been a long time since I last stood on the podium, but I hope many more will follow,” added the Frenchman. “Since I was quite familiar with the wall yesterday, I didn’t have to today.”
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