Max Verstappen responds to being criticised after the Monaco Grand Prix

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It's all getting rather predictable now when it comes to Max Verstappen's season.

The Monaco Grand Prix won't live long in the memory for many reasons and for the Red Bull driver, he was involved in the latest of a string of incidents that are fast blending into one narrative.

Whereas it was a good day for eventual winner Daniel Ricciardo, his 20-year-old team-mate has once again come in for heavy criticism due to his recklessness.

Verstappen's crash in the final practice run, his fifth collision of the year, saw him start Sunday's race right at the back of the grid.

It may seem as though those within the sport are constantly laying into him, yet as Nico Rosberg has pointed out, the most frustrating element of all this is that the young Belgian-Dutchman doesn't seem to be learning from his errors.

“He was faster than Daniel Ricciardo and then he crashed at the dumbest moment,” Rosberg told RTL, quoted via Planet F1.

“He had an almost identical crash in 2016. I wonder if Max is too confident – risking too much... You can’t really say it’s inexperience. It’s a very dark moment for Max.

“He hasn’t seemed to learn at all. It’s already the fifth time this year but it’s his fourth season in Formula 1.

“At the moment everything is going wrong for him but I don’t have much hope for him anymore.”

Even within Red Bull, Christian Horner has echoed those concerns and despite insisting Verstappen deserves credit for working hard behind the scenes, admitted he should consider changing his approach.

Horner had his say too 

“I hope this incident will convince him to change his approach. I don’t know what else will," said his team boss.

Verstappen rarely seems to be abashed in light of his carelessness and on this occasion, it's no different as he's now issued his response.


“These are painful moments but I think it’s necessary to get better,” he told Ziggo Sport, per PlanetF1.

“Sometimes you have a year that does not work out for a while, but it’s much worse if you’re not fast enough – and that’s not the case.

“I do not need that criticism, I know very well what I did wrong and what needs to be improved.

“They are not great moments but sometimes you need them to learn the hard lessons.”

It's easy for him to say that he does not need to be told what he did wrong, but there is little evidence that he's actually taking any feedback on board.

The last thing Red Bull will want to do is to take him out of the car altogether if he continues to cause havoc.

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