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Max Verstappen: Red Bull must figure out Monaco problems

Max Verstappen has expressed frustration with Red Bull's persistent performance issues in Monaco, which have troubled the team for two seasons.

Verstappen qualified and finished sixth in the latest Monaco Grand Prix, while team-mate Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q1 and involved in a first-lap accident.

This disappointing outcome follows a challenging weekend in Imola, where Red Bull had to make significant adjustments to their car's handling between practice and qualifying.

Verstappen barely managed to fend off McLaren's Lando Norris during the race.

Red Bull's struggles have also been evident in recent races like Miami, where Norris won, and Melbourne, marking a departure from their previous 18 months of dominance.

Monaco highlighted a specific weakness of the RB20 on kerbs and bumps, significantly hampering its performance compared to other teams.

This issue has persisted since last season, although the RB19's overall superiority previously allowed Red Bull to mitigate it on most circuits, except for a difficult weekend in Singapore.

Red Bull's inability to address these performance deficits indicates fundamental aspects of the RB20's design and setup remain unresolved.

The team faces increasing pressure to ensure their struggles on challenging circuits like Monaco do not undermine their championship aspirations.

"It is a fundamental problem, so it is not something that will be fixed within weeks," Verstappen told Motorsport.com.

"We need to understand what it is, because we clearly don't understand it.

"But we will work hard to find the problem and then try to get rid of it. I don't know if we can do it this year but hopefully for next year."

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