When it comes to life away from the grid, Max Verstappen says that Red Bull allows him complete freedom. Until something goes wrong.
There are just three races left of the 2020 season, and after it, Formula 1 will enter its winter break, with the 2021 season scheduled to start in late March.
While drivers will still be required to continue their training and do simulator and testing work with next year’s cars during that period, they’ll have far more free time to do other things.
Verstappen is looking forward to enjoying life away from the grid, although he plans to keep racing.
“Look, Formula 1 is a big part of my life, but I also feel it’s important to spend time away from Formula 1,” he told G-Star RAW in an interview.
“I like doing fun activities, mainly something with an engine. I like racing around in quad bikes or buggies or a go-kart, for example.
“I really enjoy doing things like that. Racing is a part of me. I just like to drive something that isn’t a Formula 1 car, so to speak.
“I never race on public roads. What’s the point of driving 300km/h when you can do that every weekend? I just don’t feel the urge to do it.”
Driving for Red Bull, Verstappen has some of the harshest bosses around.
Former driver Mark Webber has previously spoken of how the team wasn’t too happy with him when he broke his leg during the off-season of 2008 in a mountain bike accident.
Judging by Verstappen’s response when asked if the team allow him complete freedom in his free time, it sounds like he receives similar treatment.
“Yes, until it goes wrong,” he answered.
“If they called to ask me where I am, they wouldn’t mind it if I was on the ski slopes. But if I then called to say I was in the hospital, they would ask: ‘Why did you go skiing?’
Thankfully for Helmut Marko and co, he doesn’t indulge in anything too extreme.
“That’s not my cup of tea. Jumping out of aeroplanes or skydiving isn’t my thing,” he said.
“I’m not in control. If I jump out of an aeroplane and the parachute doesn’t open then it’s over. It’s just not for me. There’s too much risk.”