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Max Verstappen's Monaco crash his F1 2018 turning point, say Red Bull

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-02 06:00:26

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen's "tough" Monaco GP proved the turning point of his season, after the Dutchman delivered another eye-catching performance in Sochi.

Verstappen's 2018 began in tumultuous fashion with six crashes or spins in as many races, a run which culminated in a costly practice crash in Monaco in May which ruled him out qualifying. Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo went on to claim an impressive pole-win double.

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It was that bruising experience at F1's most prestigious race which his team boss believes has led to Verstappen's consistently strong form since then.

"Really since after the Monaco Grand Prix," said Horner when asked when things changed for Verstappen.

"That hurt him quite badly because he's obviously extremely quick in Monaco - right up until the point he crashed!

"That was a tough outcome for him and since that point he has driven incredibly well."

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