Cape Town - Coming in for a barrage of criticism after crashing in
Monaco, Max Verstappen says he knows "very well" what he did wrong
and doesn't need the condemnation.
Verstappen crashed during Saturday's final practice, hitting
the barriers at the Swimming Pool section.
The crash meant he did not take part in qualifying and
therefore started the Monaco Grand Prix from the very back of the grid.
He recovered to ninth place.
The crash, though, was his fifth - or sixth depending on who
you are talking to - incident of this season and Red Bull weren't impressed.
"He needs to learn and stop making mistakes. He knows
it better than anyone," said team boss Christian Horner.
"I hope this incident will convince him to change his
approach. I don't know what else will."
However, even people outside Red Bull are having a go at the
"What is the solution for him? Changing the
brain," said Mercedes' Niki Lauda while 2016 champ Nico Rosberg says he
does "not have much hope for him anymore" as he "hasn't seemed
to learn at all.
Verstappen says this criticism is not helpful.
"These are painful moments but I think it's necessary
to get better," he told Ziggo Sport.
"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."