Red Bull driver Max Verstappen tells Honda what they must do to close Mercedes gap

Verstappen’s Red Bull car was fitted with the latest edition of Honda’s power unit for the Grand Prix at Monza.

The Dutchman got the chance to test the new system as much as possible, as he started the race in 20th position following a troublesome qualifying.

Verstappen’s car suffered a loss of power during qualifying – something which his Red Bull team were stumped by at first.

But it was later revealed to be caused by a safety device issue, which was triggered after Verstappen’s car collided with a kerb.

The 21-year-old explained just what happened to his vehicle, noting that there was no damage to the engine.

“The engine has no damage, but at that moment it didn’t deliver the extra power,” he told De Telegraaf.

“However, you hardly ever use it in the race.”

But the former Toro Rosso driver criticised the new Honda’s upgrade by stating that it was “too safe”.

“Sometimes we are a bit too safe,” he added.

“Something in the software shuts it down when you go to the limit.”

Verstappen, however, appreciates that Honda’s failsafes are now more reliable than before, but still wants more chances to be taken.

“This has ensured that we have not had any problems with the engine, but sometimes I think there is a bit more risk that can be taken,” Verstappen said.

Charles Leclerc will start on pole in Milan, with Lewis Hamilton in second and Valterri Bottas in third.

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