Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had some harsh words for the media yesterday, responding to questions over a possible change of approach ahead of the Canadian GP. Verstappen has been involved in a number of high profile incidents over the course of the 2018 season, leaving him 37 points adrift of teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the driver’s leaderboard.
Max Verstappen has a big future ahead of him in Formula 1, but it’s fair to say that 2018 has not been his year. In fact, the Dutch youngster has been involved in at least one incident in each of the six races this season, including four collisions, and two major crashes in practice and qualifying rounds. Verstappen’s fearless driving has seen him achieve a high status in F1 in a relatively short amount of time, yet his performances this season have lead experts to suggest that his style needs to change. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has also weighed in on the argument, claiming that a “modified approach” would definitely benefit Verstappen.
During yesterday’s press conference for the upcoming Canadian GP, Verstappen cut an agitated figure, and was clearly in no mood to face criticism of his performances.
“I get really tired of all the comments that I should change my approach. I will never do that because it has brought me to where I am right now.”
“I know very well what can be done better and you try to put that in place for the next grand prix.”
On his 2018 form, Verstappen added: “It’s not as dramatic as people say it is. I haven’t scored the points l should have scored but it’s not only my fault. It could have been better but everyone makes it so dramatic.”
Verstappen’s most cutting comment however, came in response to inquiries over his incident-prone season. “I get really tired of all the questions. If I get any more I might headbutt someone.” said the 20-year-old.
While Verstappen was likely joking, the general frostiness of his comments gives us a pretty clear indication that he is feeling the pressure. Whether the Dutchman can take a spot on the podium on Sunday remains to be seen, but it’s vitally important that he keeps himself out of trouble.