The young F1 sensation Max Verstappen learned a brutal lesson on Saturday when he crashed with aggressive Red Bull RB14 in final practice and missed out on qualifying for Monaco Grand Prix, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
The Dutch driver crashed in the morning practice session. It later transpired that he had damaged his gearbox, and Red Bull were unable to replace it in time for him to compete in qualifying.
His car was wrecked and required extensive repairs involving both pit crews, but it was in vain when the team discovered an oil leak and the need for a new gearbox shortly before the start of qualifying.
His teammate Daniel Ricciardo went on to top the final practice and then take pole position with a sensational record-breaking lap.
“Daniel’s been on it all weekend, he’s been quickest in every session, every qualifying piece and he’s delivered two great laps which were capable of pole. He’s done an amazing job. said Horner
“It feels a little bittersweet. We’re delighted with pole but we should have had two cars up there. It’s frustrating with such a fast car not to have both cars on the front row of the grid.
“Max’s car was fired up and then we saw an oil leak in the gearbox which had been hidden and that was it. They did their best to get the gearbox replaced, which would have been a five-place penalty, but I have to say both car crews did everything that they could to make it happen. Today unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“This place bites hard if you abuse it. Max is a very fast driver, we know that, and this weekend he has a great car. Nobody will be more frustrated than him. He should have been competing for the front row today. There is no more brutal lesson than what he has just had.”