The critics can continue to call him "Mad Max" all they want, but Max Verstappen is not making any apologies about his aggressive driving style and is not about to change the way he drives for anyone.
"It's just the way I am and the way I think it should be. It's a bit difficult to label my driving style from the outside because they don't know what's going on in the car, and for me it feels all right," the Red Bull driver told The Straits Times yesterday, before he attended an event held by team sponsor Tag Heuer at Wisma Atria.
Opinion on the 19-year-old Dutchman has been sharply divided since the beginning of his Formula One career in 2015.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff called his driving "refreshing but dangerous" after last year's Belgian Grand Prix, where he was involved in an incident with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
Verstappen's talent has never been in doubt, as he became the youngest driver to win an F1 race at last year's Spanish Grand Prix.
He also completed a record 78 overtakes last season, the most seen in F1 since data was first available in 1983.
This season has been less kind to the teenager, however, as he endured a wretched first half, failing to finish six races. He is languishing in sixth place on 68 points in the drivers' standings, 170 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton, with little hope of matching his total of 204 points from last season.
"Things have definitely not gone my way. Somehow whatever I tried to do, it always ended up in something negative and always on the Sunday (race day)," said Verstappen, who has been foiled by mechanical failures four times, as well as two first-lap crashes in Spain and Austria.
"It's not great but you learn from these situations and I think it makes you a stronger person.
"In one way maybe it's better to learn to handle these things now in a situation when I'm not fighting for a world title and it's still quite early on in my career."
He added that he was optimistic of a good showing in Singapore.
"There have been past good races for Red Bull here and I think the car now with the new fuel and new updates, the race should be close again at the top," he said.
"We have to focus on getting the car in a good balance."
One thing sure to happen on Sunday is Verstappen sticking to his guns, and driving the way he always has.
"Smooth when it needs to be smooth, aggressive when it needs to be aggressive" was how he described his driving style.
And has there ever been anyone else quite like him on the track?
Verstappen deadpanned: "I think I'm pretty similar to my dad (former F1 driver Jos Verstappen) but in a more refined way. I think I'm a little bit more smooth."