Reigning Formula one WDC champion Max Verstappen arrived late at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit where the Saudi Arabian GP is going to be held. After a satisfying one-two at Sakhir in the Bahrain GP, Max Verstappen looks to hang on to the domination he created in the 2022 season. He took to Twitter to let fans know that he had been battling a bug and had postponed his flight by a day.
Max Verstappen to arrive in Jeddah on Friday after delaying travel plans due to a stomach bug— Formula 1 (@F1) March 16, 2023
Hope you’re feeling better, @Max33Verstappen! 💙#SaudiArabianGP #F1 @redbullracing https://t.co/2C8132q6nq
The FIA gave the reigning World Champion permission to skip Media Duties on Thursday. “Max has been suffering from a stomach illness over the past few days and, with the agreement of the FIA, will not be present at the track today. Feel better, Max”. Red Bull posted a tweet about the scenario.
Fans react to Max Verstappen’s woes
Fans have been quite sarcastic about this and seem to have accepted Red Bull’s superiority over other cars.
This is called hangover. Get well pic.twitter.com/aKEOX5LCzw— Estagiário da F1 (@EstagiariodaF1) March 16, 2023
Max, will you be recovered?— Pablete 🦕 (@HeyPablete) March 16, 2023
Be honest, do you recommend put you an X3 extra points in the F1 Fantasy league?
Hamilton has to be involved in this— average carmilton fan (@carmiltonfan) March 16, 2023
However, some fans have wished him well and hoped for his speedy recovery before the Grand Prix.
Verstappen on Bahrain GP
The Dutchman mentioned to F1 about his Bahrain GP weekend “This is exactly what we were dreaming of and what we wanted to achieve, so yeah, a great day for the whole team” and that it was a great start for the whole team, something they are not very familiar with. However, he ended the remarks by optimistically letting the fans know that Red Bull marches on.
He confidently spoke about the last race “I think also, the car was working on every [tire] compound we put on the car, so it looked a bit of course lonely out there, but there was still a lot of things to look at, or fine-tune, but overall I’m very happy to win here”.
Max Verstappen cruised to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix, stamping his authority on the season in the opening race. https://t.co/g9k74EKMb2— CNN (@CNN) March 5, 2023
The race was a contrast to last year’s Bahrain GP, when Max and Checo both suffered DNFs, giving Ferrari hopes for a title win after quite a while. He also mentioned the Jeddah weekend, “I do expect on race pace that everyone is closer in Jeddah,” and that it is a different circuit and that it has more straights and fast corners.
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