Verstappen: I was in the zone, I didn't want to slow down

Verstappen: I was in the zone, I didn’t want to slow down

The wet conditions on the tight and twisty street circuit caused several drivers to brush against the barriers, including Verstappen, who had a hard collision at Portier. Even his engineer asked why he wasn’t slowing down.

Verstappen explained his approach in the post-race press conference, saying, “When you’re in a rhythm, it’s better to stay in that. I only clipped the barrier once out of 16 attempts. I thought I had a bit more margin, but I misjudged it. However, it was fine.”