Monaco, May 27, 2023 – Despite Max Verstappen topping the timesheets during the first day of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Red Bull team did not exude complete satisfaction as they embarked on the race weekend. The start was not ideal for the Milton Keynes-based outfit, who face high expectations. It’s not that doubts linger about the team’s capabilities, especially after a flawless 5 out of 5 victories at the start of the season, but the competition is expected to be closer than ever, particularly in the crucial qualifying session at Monaco.
In this context, Friday witnessed a somewhat disappointing beginning, especially for Max Verstappen, who voiced considerable complaints about the behavior of his RB19. In the first practice session (EL1), he even insisted on returning to the pits for adjustments to avoid any potential mishaps. The second session showed some improvement, with the Dutch driver making technical adjustments that yielded better results. However, the situation remains delicate as both Ferraris and Fernando Alonso are lurking close behind. Nonetheless, the potential for improvement is there: “We are heading in the right direction now. The settings are not yet optimal, but they seem quite good.”
When evaluating the contenders, the Austrian team principal acknowledges the main threat posed by local hero Charles Leclerc, who finished only 0.065 seconds behind Verstappen in the final Free Practice 2 session. “Leclerc is the primary competitor. Ferrari is stronger in slow corners and has better traction,” stated the team principal.
As the weekend progresses, the Red Bull team faces the challenge of fine-tuning their setup to extract maximum performance from their cars. The intense competition, particularly from Ferrari and Leclerc, looms large, emphasizing the importance of finding the right balance and perfecting their qualifying strategy for success in Monaco.
The upcoming qualifying session promises an exhilarating battle between the top teams, with Red Bull eager to maintain their winning streak and fend off the fierce competition. The twists and turns of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, coupled with the high stakes and close margins, set the stage for a captivating race that will test the mettle of each team and driver.
As the anticipation builds, all eyes will be on Red Bull and their star driver, Max Verstappen, as they navigate the challenges and aim to continue their dominance on the prestigious streets of Monaco. The quest for victory intensifies, and the entire Formula 1 world eagerly awaits the outcome of the qualifying session and the subsequent race, where strategies will be tested and champions will emerge.
Stay tuned for further updates as the Monaco Grand Prix unfolds and the battle for supremacy reaches its crescendo on the iconic streets of Monte Carlo.