Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took victory at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. The Dutchman won his maiden Monaco GP after starting from pole position which he took from Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc who had to retire before the race.
Verstappen took the opportunity to take a swipe at his rival, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton by saying that ‘actions speak louder than words’.
The 23-year-old is now in the lead in the world championship after overtaking Hamilton.
What did Verstappen say?
“First of all, I want to say that actions always speak louder than words. I think that’s a good lesson after this weekend,” said Verstappen.
Just before the race, Hamilton had said that “perhaps Max feels he has a lot to prove,”
Verstappen now has two wins to his name and is currently in the lead by four points. This is the first time in his Formula 1 career that he is leading the championship.
“You have to do your talking on the track, and that’s what I love,” he said.
We have made the fewest mistakes, says Verstappen
“As a team, we have made the fewest mistakes so far and that is why we are leading (one point ahead of Mercedes in the constructors).
“I hope we can continue like this for the rest of the season. And there is still a long way to go.”
The Monaco circuit makes overtaking difficult due to its narrow roads.
“Obviously it always seems under control, but staying focused for so many laps, it’s the most difficult,” said Verstappen.
“It’s easy to relax a bit and it’s easy to make a mistake, so you have to remember: stay focused, keep your thoughts fixed on the road.”
A poor weekend for Mercedes
This was a weekend that Mercedes would like to forget.
While Hamilton finished seventh, his teammate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire after a messed-up pitstop.
“This has definitely been a poor weekend overall in terms of our performance, but this team has shown time and time again, how we come back fighting,” said Hamilton.
“There’s no finger pointing, we win and we lose together – we just need to find our feet and stay cool, we have 18 races left and there’s a long way to go in this fight.”
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