Red Bull suffered a scare ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen canceled his media commitments in Jeddah because of a stomach illness, but the Formula 1 World Champion will be in action this weekend.
The double F1 world champion, who a fortnight ago dominated Formula season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, said he has been battling with the bug this week. However, he expects to be in his Red Bull for practice in Jeddah on Friday.
“Feeling fine again, after not being fit for a few days because of a stomach bug,” wrote the Dutchman, 25, on Twitter. “Therefore, I, unfortunately, had to postpone my flight for a day, so I won’t be on the track until Friday.”
Red Bull team tweeted: “Max has been suffering from a stomach illness over the past few days and, with the agreement of the FIA, will not be present at track today. Feel better, Max.”
Verstappen heads into the second round of the season leading the championship following his comprehensive victory in Bahrain and is this year bidding for a hat-trick of F1 titles, led home a Red Bull one-two finish at the first race, with team-mate Sergio Perez second and Fernando Alonso third for Aston Martin.