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Not need criticism, I know what I did wrong – Verstappen

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Max Verstappen says he will take the “hard lessons” on board from Monaco and other races so far in 2018.

The young Dutchman had a horror Monaco, missing qualifying after a crash, receiving widespread criticism and then watching his teammate Daniel Ricciardo celebrate the pole and win.

“These are painful moments,” Verstappen told Ziggo Sport after the race, “but I think it’s necessary to get better.

“Sometimes you have a year that does not work out for a while, but it’s much worse if you’re not fast enough — and that’s not the case,” he added.

Even Verstappen’s bosses Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko criticised him after the Monaco crash, but the 20-year-old said he can learn his own lessons.

“I do not need that criticism, I know very well what I did wrong and what needs to be improved. They are not great moments but sometimes you need them to learn the hard lessons,” he said.

Vertsappen targeting first win of the season in North America

Max has come under intense scrutiny this season for a series of mistakes and crashes which have cost Red Bull a deserving chunk of points.

In Monaco last weekend Verstappen crashed out of FP3 and had to start the race from the rear of the grid.

“Across all of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve I think the last chicane is really important to get right,” Verstappen said.

“You arrive at such high speed so when you hit the braking point the brakes can be a bit cold which means you have to be careful and get it right every time.

“This will also set you up for the exit where you come very close to the wall, it is important not to brush it as you can damage the rim.

“A millimetre or centimetre doesn’t make too much difference, just don’t touch the wall.

“Turn one and two have a pretty cool atmosphere as the grandstands are usually full at that part of the track and it creates a small stadium feel, this makes the start a bit more special.

“The 2017 race ended with disappointment for me, as I had to stop after only 10 laps with a technical issue.

“Our car as it is now should perform well in Montreal so I am hopeful of achieving a solid result and making up for last year. Besides that, I’m always excited to get back over to the American continent as I really enjoy being there, the people, food and atmosphere are always amazing.”

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