MAX’s PICK ’N’ MIX “You just caught me fnishing my training,” smirks Max Verstappen as he hops up from a series of hastily faked
Time means press-ups and takes a seat on the terrace of the Monaco apartment where he’s spent the last few months.
Behind his head, on screen, the skies above the harbour are a cloudless azure.
Not an unbearable place to spend some downtime, then? “It hasn’t been too bad,” he grins.
“At frst, I was on my own but I did a lot of sim racing and working out.
Luckily, everything is opening up a little bit more, so now we’re able to move around more and meet with friends.
” And able to spend part of a busy morning looking after pre-season media requests. We’ve got a half-hour slot and 40 questions to get through.
We’re never going to get through them all, so the simple solution is to hand the controls over to Max,
Time means let him take pot luck and see how many we can get through.
#10 YOU SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME E-RACING DURING THE LOCKDOWN, IN A VARIETY OF SERIES.
Time means WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A CRACK AT ANY OF THEM IN THE REAL WORLD? Lando [Norris] and I did the virtual Le Mans and Spa 24 Hours last year and they were really cool.
Le Mans didn’t go so well for me this time, but the event is great.
I would only do it if it was in a competitive car to try and win that race.
Hard to do at the moment but one day, hopefully.
I really loved Le Mans in the virtual world, so I can only imagine that it’s even better in real life.
#7IS THERE A CHARACTERISTIC OR BEHAVIOURAL TRAIT IN YOURSELF THAT YOU DISLIKE AND THAT YOU TRY TO CONTROL? Well… Hmm, diffcult question.
There are always things you try to control. Being over aggressive is not good. There are always limits to how much you should make use of it.
I am a very driven person and maybe sometimes I want it a bit too much you know.
So I just have to try to manage that.
#9 YOU’VE GOT TWO ATTEMPTS TO WIN THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX THIS YEAR. HOW GOOD WOULD IT BE TO GRAB A HAT-TRICK OF HOME WINS FOR THE TEAM, AND BASED ON THE FEELING FROM TESTING IN BARCELONA, IS THE RB16 THE CAR THAT CAN DO THAT?
Honestly, it’s been such a long time that it’s really diffcult to say anything about the car’s performance. At the time it felt good.
I think there are always areas you want to improve with the car and I think the team has been working on that. We just have to wait and see.
It’s been such a weird year; I don’t think you can really say a lot at the moment.
#3 WHAT WOULD A HAT-TRICK MEAN TO YOU? WOULD IT BE PRETTY SPECIAL? Well, I’d prefer to win a championship! I don’t really care if it’s a double, a hat-trick or four times in a row.
Those kinds of things… they happen or they don’t. I just hope that we have a competitive car.
Even if you don’t win that race, as long as you see that the car is working really well and that it’s fast, well, then I’m more than happy.
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