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The Dutchman has had a troubled 2018 so far.

Max Verstappen finally lashes out at continued criticism of his driving style

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Max Verstappen cut a frustrated figure amid yet more questions over his driving style in Thursday's press conference ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver, once considered a megastar in the making, has been far from his best in 2018 and has been involved in multiple key incidents, including collisions with the top three drivers in the championship, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

His latest setback came almost two weeks ago in Monaco when he would put himself out of qualifying by crashing in the closing minutes of final practice, meaning he would start from the back of the grid before as Ricciardo claimed pole and went on to take the victory.

Starting from the back, a more conservative approach to the race in Monte Carlo seemed to help the Dutchman, as he went on eventually finish ninth, and some had wondered if that would trigger a permanent change in his style.

“I’m really tired of all the comments about me, that I should change my approach,” Verstappen told reporters defiantly in response.

“I will never do that. It has brought me to where I am at right now and after the race is not the right time to talk.

“So everybody who has those comments, I don’t listen to it anyway. I just do my own thing."

There is no doubt that the 20-year-old does have massive potential and he has come through a difficult spell before, after struggling for much of 2017 before claiming emphatic victories in Malaysia and Mexico.


But because the problems this season are of his own doing, as opposed to reliability issues last year, some believe if Max doesn't accept he needs to cool down his approach it could have lasting damage on his career.

“Of course it hasn’t been going that well in the way I like it," he admitted. "A few mistakes, especially Monaco and China, but it doesn’t make sense to keep talking about it.

“I get really tired of it. It just feels like there are no better questions out there other than to keep asking me about what in the previous weekend.

“I’m confident I can turn things around. The pace is there every single weekend.”

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One final question from the Daily Mail about why the incidents keep occurring was the final straw for Verstappen though.

“I don’t know," he began. “Like I said at the start of this press conference, I get really tired of the questions. I think if I get a few more I will headbutt someone.”

This weekend the pressure is on at a circuit which is known to expose a driver lacking confidence, therefore, it could be one of those weekend's where the Red Bull prodigy ends a hero or zero.

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