Monaco GP: Max Verstappen Reveals His Ambition of Breaking Duck With the ‘Highest Podium’

Published 05/19/2021, 6:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


Every driver aims for a win at a Grand Prix, but to envision yourself winning at the crown jewel of F1, Monaco, is having true self-belief. From the looks of it, Max Verstappen is one driver who has that, and has stated his desire to win in the upcoming race weekend.

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The Dutchman currently sits in second place in the driver’s championship, behind Lewis Hamilton. A win at Monaco will give him the 25 points that can see him at least close the gap to the Briton, if not take the lead himself.

However, it might not be easy, as Hamilton would double down from his victory in Spain and aim for a similar victory around the streets of Monte Carlo.

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Max Verstappen hopes to see the checkered flag in first place at Monaco

As quoted by Speedweek, Max said, “I’ve never been on the podium in Monaco, and I’d like to change that. We just need a smooth weekend, I think that’s very important. We’ll see if we’re fast or not, but so far we’ve been pretty close in qualifying. I hope that it will be the same in Monte Carlo.

“I know from my own experience that no mistakes are allowed in Monaco, we just have to make sure that we can do everything well on Saturday, because on Sunday it will be difficult to move forward in the race. However, so much can happen.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crosses the line to finish in second place Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“We just have to be in top form in order to end up on the highest podium,” Verstappen concluded.

How’s the season so far for the Dutchman?

The 23-year-old has been in spectacular form since the 2021 season kicked off. Verstappen has made it to the podium at every race so far and would aim for better results in the upcoming races.

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The Red Bull prodigy currently holds second place in the championship with 80 points. He would aim to score maximum points at Monaco to help him in his fight for the title.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

Verstappen is well aware of how good Hamilton is around the track, and a circuit like Monaco can be challenging for him. But only time will tell as we days away from the prestigious race of the season. Who do you will win, Max, Lewis, or someone else? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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