Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Max Verstappen needs to learn and stop making errors following his latest crash of the 2018 Formula 1 season in Monaco. 

In his bid to set the fastest lap in the closing stages of final practice Verstappen clipped the inside wall on the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane, launched over the kerbs and slammed into the barriers on the far side of the circuit in an almost exact-replica of his crash in the same section of the track in 2016. 

The crash destroyed the front-right and rear-right of his Red Bull RB14 and left his mechanics with a big repair job ahead of qualifying. The Dutchman was ultimately forced to miss qualifying and is set to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid after incurring a five-place grid penalty after being forced to change his gearbox. 

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When asked if he felt Verstappen’s latest incident would drive home the point that he needs to stop making mistakes, Horner told Channel 4: “I hope so - I don’t know what else will. 

“We’ve got a great car, he’s a phenomenally fast driver and would have been able to be competing for the pole position today and for the whole team to only be running one-legged with such a strong car is frustrating.”

And Horner reckons Verstappen’s mistake will prove to be even more painful given that teammate Daniel Ricciardo stormed to a dominate pole position, having topped every single session in Monte Carlo this weekend. 

“This place bites and he got bitten pretty hard today in a session that doesn’t really count for anything, other than setting the car up,” Horner added. 

“He’s in a car that’s capable of winning this grand prix and that will hurt him even more because you don’t get that many opportunities to win a Monaco Grand Prix. He needs to learn from it and stop making these errors. 

“He knows that more than anybody and I would imagine that was a pretty painful qualifying for him watching what could have been.”

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