Max Verstappen is a notoriously aggressive driver on the track and after telling the media he “might headbutt someone” if questions continue to be raised over his crashing antics this season, it appears that aggression follows the Dutchman when out of the car too.
However, despite the 20-year-old stuffing up in some aspect in all of the six races this season, Verstappen rocked up to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada as a man on a mission and shoved his two fingers up to the F1 fraternity by going quickest in both practice sessions on Friday.
Under pressure to perform after Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo claimed a dominant win in Monaco last time out, Verstappen now needs to keep his nose clean throughout qualifying and the race in order to maintain his competitive edge this weekend over his Aussie teammate.
Beating Ricciardo will be Verstappen’s main focus as despite topping the timesheets in both Friday sessions, that did not quite tell the whole story.
A range of tyres were used by teams throughout the practice session, but Verstappen set his fastest times on the hyper-soft tyre.
By contrast, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (who recorded a time of 1:12.777) was running on the hardest compound but was only 0.579s behind Verstappen although the super-soft which is allegedly around a second a lap slower than the hyper-soft.
Once again, that puts Hamilton in a commanding position at a track he has a love affair with.
Remarkably, Hamilton has won the last three Canadian Grand Prix’s in a row and you have to go back to 2014 for the last time the Englishman was not top of the podium in Montreal.
The top of the podium is something Williams pair Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin can only dream about.
The former all-conquering team is finding life tough and continue to look like fodder for the rest of the teams ending bottom of the timing sheets in practice 2.
However, Canada has thrown up some thrillers over the years so expect plenty of fireworks and Verstappen getting into a fight.