‘Hamilton was the fastest guy’
Toto Wolff says the qualifying result does not reveal the whole truth. Referring to the Mercedes drivers’ standings, he said: “Lewis was the fastest guy and then stopped the lap because we said to him: If you have the impression that the tire in turn 1 is not ready, you cancel.” And he did, and then ran towards the yellow flag.
But Wolf is not giving up on anything. In light of the weather forecast, a lot is still possible: “Okay, I hope it rains and it gets heavier, and then of course the goal we strive for will be the podium.”
Mercedes is not in the top five: ‘Reality’
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said after qualifying that his race team had to “accept” not being in the top five on the grid in Monaco. This is the “reality,” says Wolf. “It just looks like this.”
Wolff explains that the Mercedes W13 isn’t good enough on the street circuit, but it is “jumping and relatively uncontrollable”. “You need confidence and we don’t have that.”
W: Barcelona’s improved performance cannot be transferred to Monaco. “None of that,” says Wolff, bringing the team something for Sunday’s street race, “because it’s so different.” “So: what we’re in with George is realistic and probably better than we expected.”
Video: Perez accident and Sainz crash
The decisive scene shortly before the end of qualifying in Monaco: Sergio Perez flew in, Carlos Sainz crashed too. The two incidents in the video!
Red Bull’s hope: rain in the race
Red Bull has a clear idea of how Sunday should go in Monaco: Helmut Marko wants rain, and that’s exactly what was announced. “There is Max [Verstappen] Its own bank,” says the former Formula 1 driver. And then you can just try the strategy. “
However, Marko generally assumes he will be in a better position across distance than he last time in Barcelona: “I think with these changes in the setup that we’ve made now, we’re closer.”
Verstappen himself says he will do another rain dance. Reason: Of course I need it now. Runs only P4 on the start network.
Verstappen: Ferrari was ‘simply too strong’
Could Max Verstappen have caught Ferrari on his last flying lap? Verstappen doubts himself: “I think Ferrari was very strong, with Charles [Leclerc] Naturally. And after that, there was still one more place left and I think we were on our way to second because of Checo [Perez] It was slower, Carlos [Sainz] It wasn’t faster either and I was already two or three tenths faster. “The red stage shortly before the end deprived him of the chance to improve again.
Helmut Marko thinks: Verstappen could have beaten Leclerc: “Until the accident we were three-tenths ahead. That means we were on a par with Leclerc.” On the last lap Verstappen stopped the “uncertainty on braking” ahead of curve 1 and thus was driving much better than before. However, after the events, he did not complete the lap. “That’s why he’s not exactly in the best mood,” Marco says.
Marco on Perez: “Bad luck”
Red Bull’s sporting director, Helmut Marko, does not blame Sergio Perez for his exit from the qualifiers. His driver was “too fast” at this point and then was “in the back [in die Banden] Marco’s conclusion: “Bad luck, but this is Monte Carlo.” “
“The car looks bad,” says Perez.
Red Bull driver Sergio Perez fears for his place on the grid at the Monaco Grand Prix because his car was badly damaged in the accident in the third quarter.
O-Ton Perez: “It definitely looks pretty bad in the back, and what made matters worse was Carlos’ goal. [Sainz]. The car is completely damaged, but we’ll see. “At this point, she’s presumably going to be ‘okay’ on Sunday.
Perez confirmed that he himself was “fine”.
Sainz in detail: I still braked, but …
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has just commented in more detail on the scene at the tunnel entrance curve. This is his opinion:
“I got out of a blind corner. I went through Turn 7, got out completely, and then I saw a yellow flag on the left. I knew right away that the car in front of me had crashed, but you can’t see where it was. It had crashed. You’re flying in turns and you don’t know where it will be.”
After that, Sainz explains, he “simply braked and tried to push the radius of the curve as tightly as possible.” “But when I was about to overtake him, I hit the brakes a little bit harder and hit his ass with my rear end. If I had saved that, it would have been great because I didn’t have time to intercept it.”
His conclusion: “Something like this is happening in Monaco.”