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Max Verstappen Down With Illness; Would Not Make It to Jeddah on Time

Sabyasachi Biswas

Max Verstappen Down With Illness; Would Not Make It to Jeddah on Time

Max Verstappen clarified in a latest development that he’s fit for the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but would not make it to the venue on time. The Red Bull driver informed about his condition via Instagram saying he is fine after suffering from a mild illness. As per reports, the Dutchman hasn’t been keeping well in the last few days.

As per his official Instagram story, Verstappen was suffering from a stomach bug for the last couple of days. Citing this, he missed his flight to Saudi Arabia ahead of the race weekend in Jeddah. However, after postponing the flight for a day, the Red Bull ace can now fly to the Middle Eastern country.

The Dutchman also said he will not be on the track until Friday. Going by this, it’s unsure if the Red Bull star will be available for the press conference session on Thursday. If not, he is expected to start the Grand Prix with Friday’s FP1 directly.

After winning the opening race of the season in Bahrain, the 25-year-old will be expected to continue his winning run. Moreover, in order to defend his Jeddah win from last year, the Dutch pilot needs to be at his fittest, which he believes will be in a few day’s time.

Red Bull driver favorite to win Saudi Arabian GP despite complications

Coming from the fascinating Bahrain win, Verstappen is the clear favorite to win the upcoming race in Jeddah this weekend. The Hasselt-born pilot who took the opening Bahrain GP by storm by taking the pole position and the win is expected to defend his Jeddah win this time around.

With his nearest title contender, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc receiving a grid penalty, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz seem no match for the two-time world champion. Moreover, the Aston Martin and Mercedes of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton respectively seem no match for the Red Bull star.

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Verstappen will not slip up, believes Lewis Hamilton

One of the most successful drivers of all time, Lewis Hamilton believes his Red Bull rival will not slip up in 2023. The man who was his stern rival in 2021 said on the Dutch champion that he is very confident for the season up ahead.

The Mercedes driver who won the 2021 Jeddah GP after a valiant battle with the Dutch pilot also said Verstappen’s focus and determination should be left unquestioned. The 25-year-old driver is expected to be as focused as ever and it’s their job to catch up to him, believes Hamilton.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas


Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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