Max Verstappen: “We’ll try and aim for a podium”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Red Bull Racing RB12 – Max Verstappen. Thursday 26th May 2016, F1 Monaco GP Practice 1, Monaco, Monte Carlo - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Max Verstappen is looking forward to hopefully getting back to winning ways at the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, after being brought back down to earth with a bump in Monaco and crashing out of the race. It was a stark contrast to the victorious weekend the Dutchman experienced in Spain just the round before, when he became the youngest ever F1 race winner in history.

The 18-year-old is ready to respond following his crash prone weekend, with the aim of finishing on the podium for Sunday’s race.

“The track is quite special as it has a lot of long straights and then slow corners with low grip so we have to find the right balance with our setup.

“I like the braking area heading into the last hairpin where there are a lot of people watching who always cheer us on. You’re very close to the walls so there is a special feeling to drive there.

“Hopefully with the new engine update it should be a positive race for us.”

With the new specification Renault engine at the Dutchman’s disposal for the Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen should benefit from the performance gains the updated power unit brings, and will now also have the same tools as team-mate Daniel Ricciardo going into the race.

It will be interesting to see, not only how the two Red Bull Racing drivers compare, but whether they can once again out do the Scuderia Ferrari drivers and challenge the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS squad for first place.