Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has conceded he “f**ked up” in the first six races of the 2018 season.
The Dutchman came in for some strong criticism after being involved in consecutive collisions and accidents, which included a coming together with Sebastian Vettel in China.
Verstappen was pretty defensive about his involvement in the continuous high-profile incidents, but has now admitted the error of his ways.
“This year, the first six races, I basically f**ked up. Afterwards, we did a much better job,” Verstappen said.
He added, though, that he did not take on board the media’s suggestion of changing his driving style.
He said: “It’s not really changing my approach to how I’m racing. I’m still the same person.
“I’m always going for the gap, you could see that in Mexico as well, I was there to win and not be second.”
Verstappen went on to say that some words of wisdom from his father, Jos, helped him settle down on track.
“I just wanted it too much initially,” he added. “Sometimes my dad told me ‘when I’m going slow, I’m still going fast enough.’
“I got that approach back after Monaco, and it seemed to make me faster than I was before, but without mistakes.”
Since the summer break, Verstappen has been on the podium in six out of a possible eight races – a run which has included three P2 finishes and victory in Mexico.