Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was forced to settle for 4th place at the Monaco Grand Prix after a frenzied fight, while his team-mate Pierre Gasly took 5th.
Verstappen was a big challenger for the eventual race-winner Lewis Hamilton, but after crossing the line second, he was forced to settle for 4th after he earned a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe release at his pit stop.
Red Bull chose to pit the Dutchman during a safety car early in the race after Charles Leclerc’s tyre exploded, but his release went into the path of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, with the two making contact in the pit lane.
Verstappen still pressed Hamilton throughout in the hope of a race win, but after failing to get past Hamilton, he ultimately failed to make the podium.
The Dutchman said he enjoyed his race, but felt the pit stop was unfortunate.
He said, “I gave it my all today and I had a fun race. I think we were very competitive and I enjoyed putting the pressure on and trying to go for the win. You know when you’re up against Lewis it’s going to be very hard but I kept pushing him and I tried to force him into a mistake. I made him use his tyres a bit more than he wanted which meant I could attack. At one point I could see his tyres really dropping off and there were a few corners on the track where he was really slow which meant I could line up a move, but we just couldn’t get close enough.
“The penalty from the pit stop is unfortunate, but I don’t think the Team did anything wrong and it is impossible to see in that tight pit lane. When you look at our pace we were very strong and that’s the most important thing. Of course, I would have liked to be on the podium but I enjoyed the race and you win some, you lose some.
“It’s easy to say with a few more laps I would have got him but I tried my very best and that was all I could do.”
Meanwhile, Gasly battled back to fifth place, having been dropped back to 8th at the start after he received a grid penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean.
Going long allowed the Frenchman to break through, and he was able to finish as the highest placed behind the top 4, while Gasly also took a fastest lap point.
He said, “It was a really positive day and we can be very pleased with fifth position after starting eighth in Monaco which is a difficult track to recover positions on. We had a very good strategy and a really great car to race. I enjoyed driving such a fast car on a track like this and to be able to push so hard at the end and put in some very quick laps and to finish within ten seconds of the leader after starting eighth.
“I’m really happy and now we need to keep working so we can deliver similar performances in the coming weekends.”
There were also points for Toro Rosso, with the Red Bull junior team scoring a double points finish. Dany Kvyat took 7th, while Alex Albon finished 8th.