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Verstappen's 'head-butt' response to critics

Max Verstappen is seeking his first Canadian GP podium this weekend.

Max Verstappen has had a difficult season so far – and it seems he's getting tired of having to explain himself.

F1's youngest race winner is sixth in the 2018 standings, 75 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton, having made costly mistakes at all six grand prix weekends.

“I get really tired of all the questions, so … yeah … I think if I get a few more I’ll head-butt someone,” the 20-year-old told reporters at a press conference ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

That didn't stop another journalist from asking the Red Bull driver why he's had more crashes this year than in previous seasons.

“I don’t think so,” Verstappen replied. “Just two which were my fault but I had, for example, three in one weekend in 2016 in Monaco.

“It’s not as 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.”

Earlier in Thursday's conference, Verstappen said he was “tired” of people suggesting that he should change his aggressive racing approach.

“I will never do that, because it’s brought me to where I am right now. After a race, it’s 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,” he said.

“Of course, the beginning of the year so far it hasn’t been going so well, not in the way I liked it. A few mistakes, I think especially Monaco and China, but it doesn’t make sense to keep talking about it, because I get really tired of it.

“Yeah, 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 a problem if I was really slow, because that’s a critical problem.”

Verstappen confirmed that engine supplier Renault will be providing a power boost this weekend as Red Bull seek to build on Daniel Ricciardo's Monaco win.

“Yeah, I expect a little bit more horsepower – we’ll see on track how it’s going to perform but, of course, it’s always good to get an update,” the Dutch driver said.

Ricciardo was third at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year, and his first F1 win came there in 2014, while Verstappen's best result in three visits is fourth in 2016 – the year he won on his debut for the senior team in Spain.

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