Verstappen: "I don't know if my car will get that too"
By Tomas Mota 21 March 2020 | 10:25
Max Verstappen hopes that the extra long winter break will not do any harm to Red Bull Racing. Until we go racing again, the Limburger is at home in Monaco because of the prevailing corona virus. In conversation with Rob Kamphues on Ziggo Sport, the Dutchman recounted his experiences in Australia and the current situation in the principality.
"I don't know exactly how many cases there are here", said Verstappen when Kamphues asked about it. A full lockdown, like in many countries that got contaminated recently, is not yet in force in Monaco. "Supermarkets are just open and you can go outside for cycling or running, but I'd rather stay inside anyway."
"Everything was just ready for Friday"
The driver tells how he experienced the chaotic cancellation last weekend. "I went to the hotel and everything was ready for Friday", he says. Trough a message from Lando Norris, he knew that a McLaren employee appeared to have the coronavirus. "Then I have to wait and see, as a driver I have nothing further to say about what will be decided next."
"A week before we went to Australia, there wasn't much going on, but after the announcement about McLaren, the situation became more serious by the hour", he recalls. The Limburger understands the choice to cancel the Grand Prix. "Of course I always like to drive, but you also have to be concerned with what's going on in the paddock."
"McLaren is behind us anyway"
In the extra months remaining until the kick-off of the season, Verstappen hopes that Red Bull may bring his car even closer to Mercedes in terms of speed. Whether he might get Mercedes' DAS in his car, the eight-time race winner does not let go against Kamphues. "I don't know", says the Limburger. "I didn't talk to the team about that", he continues.
Verstappen, now has the first seven scheduled races cancelled, which gives him plenty of time to do simulator racing. It keeps the Dutchman, in his own words, sharp now that there is no race on real tracks for so long. In addition, he also just enjoys it. This week, the Dutchman was crashed out of the race by Norris in a sim race. In his own words, Verstappen is not out for revenge. "They're behind us anyway", he said jokingly. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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