Wolff outlines how Hamilton or Russell can score a podium in Monaco

Max Verstappen is hoping for a wet Monaco Grand Prix after qualifying fourth at the Circuit de Monaco.

Charles Leclerc claimed a brilliant pole position at his home event the Monaco Grand Prix, with team-mate Carlos Sainz starting alongside.

Behind the Ferrari’s are both Red Bull Racing cars, however, it’s Sergio Pérez in third with championship leader Max Verstappen in fourth.

The Dutchman was furious after qualifying, with the final minute being red-flagged due to his team-mate hitting the wall before the tunnel.

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Verstappen was on an excellent lap prior to the red flag, a lap which would’ve put him in contention for a front-row start.

“The whole weekend has been a bit difficult for me,” Verstappen said.

“Charles was out of reach but I think second place would have been possible with my last lap. I was two or three tenths faster when the red flag came out and then it was all over,” he said.

“It’s just annoying because whoever is in the wall has the advantage,”

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko was equally as frustrated as the reigning World Champion, with Verstappen having been on an equal time to Leclerc through the RB18’s weakest section.

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“It’s annoying. Our weak point, turn one, was in the past already – we were on an equal footing with Leclerc until the accident.” explained the Austrian.

“That’s why he (Verstappen) is not in the best of moods right now.”

The 78-year-old was also annoyed with the FIA, after Leclerc missed the weighbridge.

The Ferrari driver was called into the weighbridge by the FIA, but instead went back to his garage.

Red Bull decided against lodging a protest, despite Marko believing the Monegasque driver should’ve been awarded a penalty.

“It should be a pitlane start or last place on the grid – that’s how it’s done in all the junior categories,” said the top Red Bull official.

“I don’t wish it on him because he’s already very unlucky in Monte Carlo but if you go by the regulations, there should have been a penalty.”

With overtaking being virtually impossible at the Circuit de Monaco, Verstappen is hoping for help from the elements during the race.

Rain is expected on Sunday, with the Dutchman admitting that a famous rain dance may be on the cards.

“Maybe I’ll try that,” Verstappen joked.

“I need that now, of course.”

Marko is also hoping that the heavens will open during the race, with Verstappen being “in a class of his own” when the rain arrives.

“Maybe the predicted rain will come,” added Marko.

“We all know that Max is in a class of his own on a wet track.

“Otherwise we can only try something with the strategy.”

It’s not just Red Bull who are hoping for rain, the Mercedes F1 Team are also hoping for a mixed-race.

Mercedes had a disappointing Saturday, with Hamilton failing to set a time on a fresh set of tyres in Q3.

Mercedes reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, told RTBF that rain would make the 78 lap race “difficult”.

“Rain could really change things – it would be a very different race.” Vandoorne explained.

“The conditions would be difficult with incidents and safety cars.”

Toto Wolff is another at Mercedes hoping for the rain, explaining that he hopes it’s “really heavy”.

“I hope that it will rain and that it will be really heavy,” revealed Wolff.

“Then the podium would be the goal.”