Max Verstappen says he hopes he will be able to challenge for a podium place in Canada next weekend boosted by the new Renault engine upgrade.

After taking a sensational win on his debut with Red Bull Racing in Spain, the Dutchman endured an error-strewn Monaco GP, exiting the race just before mid-distance after suffering his second big accident of the weekend. Verstappen will now want to immediately do better in Montreal and will be aided by getting Renault's latest power unit, something he had to make do without in Monte Carlo.

"Hopefully with the new engine update it should be a positive race for us. We'll try and aim for a podium," he confirmed.

Verstappen also added that he likes the 4.361km Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, despite the proximity of the walls.

"The track is quite special as it has a lot of long straights and then slow corners with low grip so we have to find the right balance with our setup," he explained. "I like the braking area heading into the last hairpin where there are a lot of people watching who always cheer us on. You're very close to the walls so there is a special feeling to drive there."

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