Max Verstappen does not have a satisfying feeling about his eighth place in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Red Bull Racing driver experienced a number of frustrations during the race.
Verstappen started as nineteenth and penultimate and therefore worked his way up, but would have liked to have won some more places on the Monza circuit.
"I just want to start decent again at the front, so you stay out of this bullshit," said Verstappen at Ziggo Sport after the race won by Charles Leclerc. "Eighth is not the best result, but if you have to start at the end of this circuit, it is just difficult."
Verstappen had a bad start, because at the start of the first corner he touched Sergio Pérez of Racing Point. He damaged his car and had to make a pit stop immediately.
"Everything was accumulating. I wanted to go to the left, but hit Pérez with my band. That's why I had to go straight in," said the 21-year-old Dutchman about that incident.
Top 10 GP Italy
- 1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 4. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
- 5. Nico Hülkenberg (Renault)
- 6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
- 7. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
- 8. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- 9. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
- 10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
"Didn't get past on the straight"
Despite the touché, Verstappen still saw opportunities. "But at one point I was stuck behind Pérez and it was a bit unfortunate that the virtual safety car came immediately after my pit stop," he said.
"After that I had three cars in front of me that I actually already caught up with. I sometimes couldn't get past it on the straight and it just ends."
The next Grand Prix will be in Singapore in two weeks, a circuit that is better at Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. In total there are seven races scheduled for this Formula 1 season.
See also: Results Italy GP and World Cup positions in Formula 1