Verstappen: ‘I was on my laptop for four hours’

Jon Wilde
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, who slammed the decision to have only one practice session for the forthcoming race at Imola, now finds himself in the same position for the Eifel Grand Prix.

But this time, the Dutchman likes it!

In fairness, it was out of the FIA’s control that there was no Friday running at the Nurburgring because the first two planned practice sessions were cancelled when rain and fog grounded the medical helicopter.

Yet the Red Bull driver was not disgruntled at now having only a single hour’s driving before qualifying at a venue where he has not previously contested an F1 race – whereas for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on November 1, he said it was “a bit stupid” to just have a solitary 90-minute session on the Saturday morning.

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Asked for his feelings about how the Eifel weekend had now panned out, Verstappen said: “I don’t mind, I actually like it. It makes things a bit more tricky and interesting.

“Of course it’s a shame for the fans. They came out here, we were finally allowed to have a few fans back but we have to appreciate the medical helicopter can’t fly in these conditions. We just have to live with that.”

On how he had spent his time while waiting for a decision to be made about whether the practice sessions could commence, he added: “I was on my laptop for four hours, just keeping up to date with my friends and stuff. What else can you do?”

Verstappen’s team-mate Alex Albon revealed he had “about six or seven cups of tea and spent a bit of time on YouTube” – and predicted FP3 would be “chaotic”.

“It was quite a long day, obviously painful for the fans,” said Albon. “Hopefully tomorrow we’ll get something a bit better. I’m a bit worried because Sunday is supposed to be similar to today.

“It’s the same for everyone though so it won’t change too much. It’s about who adapts quickest.

“I think you will see every car on track in FP3 – short runs, long runs. We’ve obviously got a lot of tyres to use in a short amount of time so it will be chaotic – a bit nicer than today when it just drags on and you get tired just waiting all the time.”

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