REARING TO GO IN MONTREAL: Red Bull's Max Verstappen is ready to make amends at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix after a disappointing race in Monaco. Image: AP / Andrej Isakovic/Pool
Montreal, Canada - With a new engine in his car and a lesson in his pocket, Max Verstappen says he is ready for Montreal.
After winning in Barcelona, the 18-year-old came crashing back to earth with crashes in both qualifying and the race at the Monaco GP in May 2016.
Staying grounded is key
100 000 Dutch supporters, however, were cheering him on at Zandvoort earlier in June, as Verstappen and his father Jos demonstrated Formula 1 cars.
The younger Verstappen told the local De Telegraaf newspaper: "I have signed a lot of autographs."
But he said he is not letting the hype get to him.
Max said: "It's great to see people excited, which must mean you are doing something good.
"Of course I'm proud, but I'm still staying calm and quiet."
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His father Jos, also a former F1 driver, said he is also proud that his son has managed to stir so much enthusiasm in their native Holland.
Jos said: "Let's be honest, his performance has been incredibly good. Except in Monaco, of course, but Max is someone who learns from his mistakes."
So with that lesson in his pocket and also the new Renault engine specification used to such good effect by Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo, Max is now looking forward to Canada.
Max said: "Hopefully with the new engine update it should be a positive race for us. We'll try and aim for a podium."