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Preparation for Monaco is a little different, you definitely build up a little bit slower throughout the weekend and pace yourself. It's important to find the limit carefully. With the new cars I think the chicane around the Swimming Pool will be the most challenging corner this year.feedback
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May 21 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Max Verstappen has to say. All of Max Verstappen’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Max Verstappen came from an article called Max Verstappen motivated by Monaco crashes: “There is no such thing as a low risk lap in Monaco, it doesn't exist if you want to be fast because you have to be on the limit. Last year's crash was very unfortunate but it doesn't affect my confidence heading back there.”.
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We all know in qualifying Mercedes and Ferrari can turn up their engines a little bit more than us, unfortunately, but in the race we normally look a little bit more competitive than in qualifying.feedback

I think it's a shame because we could respect each other a bit more and keep a bit of a gap instead of trying to squeeze in just ahead of the last corner. That's how it is and I cannot change it. It was a positive qualifying in general and it will be interesting tomorrow. I think we can be close to Ferrari, I think Mercedes will be a little bit too quick, but normally when it's hard on the tyres they tend to struggle a little bit more so you never know.feedback

On my last Q3 run, I was behind Lewis [Hamilton] and we were preparing our laps and just as I went into the final corner, Felipe just dived in front of me and stopped. There was a big gap behind us so I was like 'why did you do that?' So I stayed in first gear, first gear all around the corner to make a gap to him and that basically ruined my lap because you have cold tyres, you have a shi... very bad exit out of that last corner and then it's ruined Turn 1 because there is understeer and the tyres are too cold.feedback

We have made many small improvements and tried to optimise everything which seemed to work and we understand the car more and more with every run that we do. We are definitely closer, I think Mercedes is still too fast for us but the Ferrari doesn't look too far ahead. Our car seems to work much better on this track so hopefully we will get a clean start with no incidents and then see what we can do in the race. It was definitely possible to be a bit further forward but last time I started a bit further behind and ended on the podium so anything is possible.feedback

I think it's something to do with the coil from the spark plug, and that limited my qualifying. There was no power, I couldn't use the power modes so tried to do a lap but you are down a lot on power so it makes no sense really. It will take some time. We have to be realistic, you cannot do it from one to another race. I also don't know how long it will take, we just have to wait and work hard. You feel it straight away [the first time in the car]. When it is difficult to set it up and difficult to put an easy lap time on the board then it's not right.feedback

Both. I think it's both that we need to really work on to understand, because I think it's difficult to understand the changes we do. Compared to last year, we knew exactly what would happen to the car if we changed something, and that's not the case this year.feedback

They are more fun, especially in qualifying when you have low fuel, they are more stable through high speed corners. The only thing is when you lose it, it's more difficult to catch it because of the wide tyres, it's difficult to get it back. That's the only thing. In general, when you keep it in the right [part of the] track it is actually a lot more fun.feedback

It just depends track to track. I think, for example, in Barcelona it could be more because it's more about downforce. Maybe in Monza we will be a bit slower than last year -- it depends track to track.feedback

I was still a bit surprised that we were that close to Kimi. Pace was quite good compared to him. The whole race we were quite close to each other. Behind me there was not much pressure, so that was very nice. I think the car behaved quite a bit better in the race than in qualifying.feedback

It's difficult to say how much. It looked a lot better in the race, I'm very happy about that. We still need to improve, and we will work hard to do that. So we'll see in the next few races.feedback

Tomorrow it is important for me to have a quick and clean start and let the guys in front battle it out.feedback

It's been a bit of a tough weekend in general, I haven't done as much running as I would have liked. The car is better balanced now but it is clear to see we still have to gain a bit. It's not just in power; we built a car that is efficient on the straights but it means we lose a bit of grip in cornering. I am not disappointed as I think this is about where we expected to be at race one.feedback

Hopefully I can get a good start on Sunday. Then we are ahead and then you can't overtake!feedback

We were trying to find a better balance but at the moment we are just a bit too slow, so we need to improve. I had a bit of understeer so went off the track and damaged the floor. I think Mercedes is again pretty quick, so it will be difficult to beat them. Ferrari looks stronger than us as well, so we will see what we can do overnight. I think we are where I expected us to be. We try to make the best of it.feedback

It doesn't change much for me I think it's always better to let us race in general, that's what racing is for.feedback

I am not too worried. That is what we use testing for to test all the bits and I am quite confident at Renault. They can solve the issues for Melbourne. It is nothing major what is happening, which is good.feedback

We have to wait and see in Melbourne. The most important thing for us was to check the balance and we definitely improved but it can be better. It was a positive day, the performance is not too bad. We want to improve and we have to improve but it is OK for the moment. Even if we were a little bit faster than what we were today, we always want to improve.feedback

What Max showed here today was really special.feedback

At four-year-old I was on a go-kart track and I saw somebody driving who was even younger than me. So I called my dad and said I wanted to have a go-kart but he said no, he wanted me to start at six but then after I kept pushing to have a go-kart and I finally started when I was four and a half.feedback

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