Verstappen heading to Monaco with cooled expectations

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He may have become the youngest race winner in Formula 1 history last time out in Spain, but Max Verstappen is heading to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with cooled expectations.

Verstappen, 18, won on his Red Bull debut after seeing the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take each other out on the first lap of the race.

The Dutchman has been in the limelight for much of the past week, but is starting with the basics in Monaco: staying out of the imposing walls.

“My first win in Spain felt amazing, I still can’t believe it!” Verstappen said in Red Bull’s race preview.

“It was a great weekend, a great result and we’ll see what happens in Monaco.

“The target first of all is just to stay out of the walls, and if you stay out of the walls we can be close or hopefully on the podium.”

Verstappen has raced at some of the world’s most famous street circuits including Macau and Pau, and relishes the challenge they pose.

“I always enjoy racing street circuits like Monaco because you are really pushing the limit and are very close to the walls, it gives you a great feeling that you are on top of your car and getting the most out of it,” Verstappen said.

“It’s so difficult to overtake in Monaco, last year I tried and we ended up in the wall, so the most important thing is to have a good qualifying and start and from there on keep it on the track!

“Monaco is also special because the track is walking distance from where I live so that’s nice to feel like I’m home during the race weekend.

“Naturally there is a lot more attention around driving the car but at the end the most important thing for the driver is just to focus on what you’re doing.

“My favourite part of the track is around the swimming pool section because it’s very fast, to go flat out through the first chicane on a street circuit is nice to do. Also riding the curbs in 15 and 16 feels great.”