Despite scoring a landmark top ten starting position for his Monaco Grand Prix debut, Max Verstappen was left disgruntled at being unable to capitalise on his searing practice pace due to cooler qualifying temperatures.
Verstappen snatched headlines on Thursday by marking his first outing around the iconic street circuit with the second fastest time in FP1, the Dutchman proving quick again in FP2 and FP3, despite suffering a spin in the latter.
Quick again in qualifying, though he proceeded to cruise into the final phase of the shootout with a view to getting on the upper rows, the threat of rain and the cooler temperatures would leave him floundering at the crucial moment when he couldn't build heat into the front and rear tyres.
As such, Verstappen was left a disappointing tenth on the grid - now ninth by virtue of Carlos Sainz's penalty -, a result made all the more frustrating by the single tenth that separated him from Sergio Perez in seventh.
“Q1 was quite good but I was complaining to the team saying we really need to warm up the tyres better,” he said. “Q2 was worse but I still managed to do quite a good lap. Then Q3, the tyres were not working and when the tyres aren't working, what can you do?
“Normally we are quite good in cool conditions. I don't know what happened. For everybody is was quite hard to bring up the fronts but Q3 for me it was the front and rear because I nearly spun at turn six.”
Though in a position to score points come race day, Verstappen says he won't be taking it autiously on his Monaco Grand Prix debut, insisting he will 'go for it'.
“I am really disappointed at the moment, so I really want to go for it. Hopefully we can have a clean first lap and we can have a good race.”