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Max Verstappen is looking for his ‘cushion’ while George Russell continues to drive slowly during the Monaco GP

By Vaseline May26,2024

The 2024 Monaco GP had a lot of danger with crashes and collisions on the first lap itself. For Max Verstappen, however, the race was as uninteresting as it can be, with sixth place. After a long red flag, the Dutchman switched to medium tires after starting on the running tracks, just like George Russell before him. However, the Mercedes driver drives very slowly to save his tires and Verstappen is not impressed.

The three-time champion came on his radio and said: “This is really boring, I should have brought my pillow”. Max Verstappen was not really used to being stuck in the middle of the peloton over the past two seasons.

The 26-year-old has dominated races, leading and disappearing into the distance after starting on pole. Unfortunately, he was unable to repeat his qualifying heroics in Monaco this season as Red Bull struggled with their car’s handling throughout the weekend.

Verstappen therefore had to opt for an alternative strategy to move up from P6 in the Grand Prix. Even the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton did the same, switching to medium tires during the red flag.

Although, according to Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson, Russell’s strategy could have a major impact on Monaco’s GP strategy. Apparently the #63 driver’s slow driving has created a huge gap with Lando Norris in fourth place.

Although it does not help the Mercedes drivers and Verstappen much, Norris and McLaren can benefit greatly from it. Davidson talked about how Charles Leclerc and Ferrari leading the race could lose if the British team pulls an undercut by pitting Norris.

What Charles Leclerc must do to secure his first victory in the Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc did an excellent job surviving the two races at the 2024 Monaco GP. While Oscar Piastri has come close, the Monegasque looks set to win his first home race unless something drastic happens.

As Davidson said, Leclerc doesn’t have to push too much to get away from Russell’s group of medium-band runners. If he can support the pack and prevent Norris or Piastri from getting a free pit stop window, the Ferrari driver can easily cruise to victory in the Principality.

Although, as Verstappen said, the 2024 Monaco GP is quite a procession, without any action so far. Unless a safety car spices things up even further, all drivers will head to the checkered flag, controlling their pace and tires.

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