Max Verstappen gets his second win of the season, in a track historically unfriendly to him. The Dutch driver, who started first as polesitter Charles Leclerc wasn't able to take part in the race due to technical issues, led almost all of the 78 laps.
Monaco!!! 🏆 Teamwork brought us this victory. Thank you so much to @hondaracingf1 and @redbullracing for helping me win today and to everyone for the support 🙏🏻 Over the moon with this win, but we are pushing for more. So for now, let’s enjoy this great victory 🍾🇲🇨 #MonacoGP pic.twitter.com/sPcT1ahiS5— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 23, 2021
It was an amazing weekend for Red Bull as Verstappen got on top of the drivers's championship and, with the good performance of their other driver Sergio Perez ending in P4, the team heavily outscored Mercedes and took the lead in the constructor standings.
Verstappen was extremely pleased with his final result: “It's nice; I’ve never been on the podium here and then the first time, it’s straight away a win," as he said in the post race interviews.
His first podium in Monaco comes on his sixth attempt, and felt particularly sweet: "So it’s a bit of redemption for all the other races here, because I never had a lovely feeling on a Sunday here. I’ve always been quick in Monaco. It’s just I’ve just shunted few too many times.”
However, Verstappen said that the win didn't come to him as easy as it could seem from an outsider's point of view:
"Yes, I mean, of course it always looks under control but to keep your focus for so many laps – that’s the hardest bit – because it’s easy to relax a bit when you are in the lead and it’s easy to make a mistake so you have to keep reminding yourself: stay focused, keep your thoughts on the road."
Another reason to be satisfied is the superior performance shown by Red Bull, with main title rivals Mercedes struggling with tyre management and pit issues.
“I think pace-wise it was very controlled because, all the time, if somebody tried to push me a little bit in terms of lap times we could answer, and make the gap bigger, they started to struggle with tyres and yes, all the time we could increase the gap. So, of course, I’m very pleased with that.”
Later on, he expanded on the topic:"We as a team so far made the smallest mistakes, and that is why we are ahead. I hope we can keep that going for the rest of the season."
Verstappen also added that he had quite a difficult start from P2 on the outside of the track: "I had a bit of wheel spin so I had to cut across. Luckily I stayed in first, but the grip wasn't amazing."