Verstappen Reflects on Risk of Pole Position or Hitting the Wall

Max Verstappen‘s pole position in Monaco, where he made up a significant difference on Fernando Alonso in the final sector, was highlighted as his best moment in 2023 and possibly the best sector ever driven in Formula 1.


‣ Max Verstappen’s pole position in Monaco was considered the highlight of the 2023 season by Helmut Marko and Christian Horner.
‣ Verstappen’s final sector in Monaco was described as “perhaps the very best sector ever driven in Formula 1”.
‣ In the Viaplay documentary Max Verstappen: Near Perfect, Verstappen reflects on his decision to push to the limit during this sector, acknowledging the risk of hitting the wall.
‣ Verstappen admits that he was still shaking after the race, indicating the high level of adrenaline and pressure he experienced.

Max Verstappen’s 2023 highlight? Well, according to Helmut Marko and Christian Horner, it was his pole position in Monaco. They even went as far as to call it the season’s highlight.

The way Verstappen secured that position was nothing short of extraordinary. His final sector was sublime, earning him his first-ever pole in the principality.

Verstappen’s lap was out of this world. It was like he was from another planet. He managed to close a nearly three-tenths gap on Fernando Alonso in the short third sector.

Analysts were blown away. They called that last sector “perhaps the very best sector ever driven in Formula 1”. That’s high praise, isn’t it?

In the Viaplay documentary, Max Verstappen: Near Perfect, Verstappen himself reflects on that memorable Saturday afternoon. He recalls, “I just naturally noticed when I went through that corner – before the last sector started – that although I was faster than what I had driven, it wouldn’t be enough. That was my feeling as well.”

He continues, “So yeah, I just thought: we’re going full on the limit. It was either pole or we hit the wall.” He admits to tapping a few walls, even kissing a bit. But he insists, “that was a really nice sector.”

Even the usually composed Verstappen was shaken. He confesses, “I noticed when I parked the car and I took off my helmet, I was just still shaking a bit. Then you know your heart rate is high.” The 26-year-old Dutchman concluded his recollection with that.

So, there you have it. Verstappen’s best moment in 2023, as told by the man himself.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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