Max Verstappen says he heads to next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix “aiming for a podium”, with the Red Bull ace looking to bounce back from his Monaco disappointment.
Coming off a stunning maiden win in Spain, the Dutchman delivered a scruffy performance around the streets of the Principality. Devoid of the Renault B-spec engine, Verstappen displayed the sort of speed and uncanny knack for overtaking that have boosted his promotion.
But the 18-year-old ended crashing out of qualifying and the race.
With Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve sharing some characteristics with Monaco, Verstappen, who will receive the power unit upgrade in Canada, looks to make things right
“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,” he said.
“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. We’ll try and aim for a podium.”
Verstappen's first F1 start in Montreal last year saw the Toro Rosso debutant finish a lowly 15th after he had to drop five places on the grid for causing a collision with Lotus' Romain Grosjean in Monaco.