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.
Feeling fine again, after not being fit for a few days because of a stomach bug. Therefore, I unfortunately had to postpone my flight for a day, so I won’t be on the track until Friday. See you in Jeddah!
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) March 16, 2023
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.
Yes!!! Exactly the start we hoped for 💪 A very lovely result finishing one-two 👏
A big thank you goes out to the entire team, this is down to all their hard work over the winter!
Let’s keep pushing @SChecoPerez @redbullracing @HondaRacingGLB#BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/AAiImT001n
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) March 5, 2023
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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