Verstappen: I was in the zone, I didn’t want to slow down
Max Verstappen showcased his remarkable driving skills as he navigated treacherous conditions in the rain during the Monaco Grand Prix, even to the surprise of his engineer Gianpiero Lambiase. Verstappen admitted that Lambiase questioned his decision not to slow down as he teetered on the edge of losing control of his RB19 on multiple occasions.
The Red Bull driver had built a comfortable lead over Fernando Alonso while running on worn medium Pirelli tires when light rain started to fall on lap 51. As the rain intensified, Verstappen finally made his first pit stop to switch to intermediate tires.