Verstappen: "It was less important than what was going on in the world"
By Tomas Mota 28 June 2020 | 13:50
The latest race in Australia was still set to get underway up until the last moment and this caused a distinct feeling in Max Verstappen. The Dutchman was preparing for the season opener, but just before the race chaos erupted, the Grand Prix was canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
"We were very confident that we could start the season well", said Verstappen on the Twitter channel of Ziggo Sport. "Then of course before the race we traveled to Australia. We actually assumed that we were going to start."
Nothing started in the end. "Just before the Friday training sessions started, the news came out that the weekend was canceled. Of course it was a shame that you cannot start the season, but in the end I thought that was less important than what was going on in the world."
Simulator as a solution
When the Dutchman returned to his home in Monaco, the lockdown state of emergency started to spread worldwide. "Yes, it is strange", admits Verstappen. "Of course we try to make the best of it. I solved it by getting on the simulator as much as possible and then hoping that you can be back in a real car as soon as possible."