Since his mistakes in Monaco, Max Verstappen has been fending off questions about his aggression behind the wheel. It’s always been a topic of emphasis on the young Red Bull driver, but this year more than ever it’s glaring. He’s been questioned by fellow drivers and even other team owners but now, his own boss was saying that he may need to change his style.
The second generation driver told reporters in Montreal on Thursday that he’s on the verge of physical confrontations if he keeps getting asked about it. He’s not changing anything about how he drives and he doesn’t care really for anyone else’s opinions on it.
Well, on Friday in the first two practice sessions for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix (2 p.m. ET/ABC) Verstappen showed why. He was quickest on the leaderboard in both sessions and looks at the moment to be the driver to beat for this weekend’s 70 Lap race in Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Verstappen, finished fourth in this very race in 2016 and now is looking like the leader to earn his first win of the season and Red Bull’s third of the year as well.
His teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third in each of the two sessions as the Aussie is coming off of a huge win in the last race in Monaco. Now, it appears that both Red Bull drivers are the favorites this weekend.
The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas seem to be next best. Hamilton, a six time winner, was second and fourth in the two practice sessions respectively. Bottas, he was fifth and sixth respectively himself.
The Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were right there as well. Vettel, was fourth and fifth respectively while Raikkonen was sixth and second in his No. 7 Ferrari.
Overall, the win will come down to these six and at the moment, they’re all fairly close. The Red Bulls have a slight advantage but it’s not much.