A feisty Max Verstappen insists he will not change his approach despite Red Bull bosses telling him he needs to learn from his mistakes ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Verstappen crashed late in FP3 at the Monaco Grand Prix and missed qualifying, limiting him to a back of the grid start and ninth place in the race. With Daniel Ricciardo winning in Monte Carlo, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Verstappen should learn from his teammate while team advisor Helmut Marko also urged the Dutchman to show more patience.
“I get really tired of all the comments [about] me, that I should change my approach,” Verstappen said in response. “I will never do that, because it has brought me to where I am right now. After the race, it’s not the right time to talk. Everybody who has those comments, I don’t listen to it anyway. I just do my own thing.
“Of course in the beginning of the year so far, it hasn’t been going that well and not in the way I like it. A few mistakes, I think especially Monaco and China. But yeah, it doesn’t make sense to keep talking about it because I get really tired of it. It just feels like there are no better questions out there than to keep asking me about what happened in the previous weekend.
“I’m just focusing on what’s ahead. I’m confident that I can turn things around. The speed is there. I’ve always been quick every single weekend. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that’s a critical problem.”
Asked why he’s had so many crashes this season, Verstappen replied: “I dunno! And like I said in the beginning of the press conference I get really tired of these questions. I think if I get a few more I might headbutt someone.”
Verstappen says his errors are being blown out of proportion, playing down the incidents he has been involved in during the opening six races so far this season.”
“I don’t think so,” he replied when it was put to him that he’s had more crashes this year. “Two were my fault… but I had for example three in one weekend in 2016 in Monaco. So it’s not that dramatic as people say it is. Of course I haven’t scored the points which I should have scored but that was not only my fault. Could have been better, but everybody makes it so dramatic.”