“The passion is just even greater than elsewhere,” the 26-year-old is quoted as having said by the Daily Mail
, trying to explain his uncompromising performance in Monte Carlo and insisting that he will have 'at least another ten opportunities' to triumph around the glamorous Principality's tortuous streets. “In my heart of hearts, I believe I can own this circuit. I feel like I can be the fastest here. I was, and not with the fastest car.
“In all honesty, I will never stop racing the way I do. It's the way I do it. That's what got me here; it is the way I am. I don't do it to offend people or to hurt anyone. I do it because I love racing. I feel like I can do it better than others.
“I am here to race and win. If I have to lose that passion, it would blow all the racing. If it ever comes to a stage where I had to pull back, drive for fourth or fifth place and just cruise around, it would not excite me and I probably wouldn't stay around for that.
“At the end of the day, this is motorsport and we are supposed to see racing. Not many people overtake in Monaco, and I tried to do that. Unfortunately, collisions caused me to have some penalties. I will recover from this weekend, [hopefully with] a win in Canada. It is a big gap [to pace-setter Sebastian Vettel
in the world championship standings], but anything can happen.”