Verstappen fears Monaco walls with ‘one extra jump’ in bouncy Red Bull

Max Verstappen expressed concern about colliding with the walls of Monaco after a turbulent day of free practice.

During FP2, the Red Bull driver complained of bouncing like a “kangaroo” and that he was having a “headache” as the RB20 struggled over the bumps and curbs of the street course.

Verstappen complained that Red Bull had no solution to the problem, as he ended up behind Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the second session – almost six tenths behind Ferrari.

The gap and conflicts were very wide, but not unexpected, according to Verstappen.

“I really enjoyed the drive, it was good, but it was very difficult when the car doesn't really do what you want it to do here,” he explained.

“With bumps, it's very easy to add one extra jump, and I did that [in] the wall.

“In that sense, it was probably a good lesson to be able to adjust that to know when the car jumps and bounces.

“But I knew it would be very difficult going into the weekend – and in that way, I'm not surprised to see Ferrari so quickly.”

No miracles

As for Ferrari, Verstappen does not believe that Ferrari is within the scope of world champions.

“Ferrari is miles ahead, and I'm not thinking about that yet [qualifying],” he added.

“I just want to solve the problems we have and try to make it more driveable – and then we'll see where we end up, but I'm not expecting any miracles.”


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