Max Verstappen secured his first-ever pole in Monaco Grand Prix, edging out Fernando Alonso in the final moments of Q3. Despite being down to fifth earlier, he pulled off a stunning recovery and achieved a time of 1m11.365s. Verstappen clipped a few barriers while approaching P1 and later shared that his first sector was not ideal. Red Bull‘s Dutch driver now has the chance to extend his lead in championship points ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, who crashed out in Q1 and will start the race from the back of the grid on Sunday.
Verstappen is well aware that the narrow street circuit could pose various challenges, and he is focused on keeping his calm. Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal, asserted that they would have to check “every corner” of Verstappen‘s vehicle after his magnificent qualifying lap. Nonetheless, Horner is thrilled with his driver’s achievement and considers his pole win in Monaco well-deserved.