Max Verstappen Explains Reason Behind Taking the COVID Vaccine

Published 03/14/2021, 10:24 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Unfortunately for the world, the new year hasn’t brought about the end of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. However, the arrival of different vaccine candidates around the world has raised hopes of a slow return to the old normal. Interestingly, Max Verstappen got the vaccination done before Bahrain authorities had even offered to roll out the vaccinations.

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The government of Bahrain offered to give vaccinations to the Formula One organization. However, they declined since they didn’t think it was the right time to do so and felt the locals of the country should be prioritized.

However, teams and drivers are independent and can decide whether they want to get the vaccine. Verstappen declined the offer since he has already been given the shot and has given a reason for why he did so.

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Max Verstappen is concerned about his safety

The Dutchman said, “That gives a feeling of safety. As a driver, you are on the road a lot and you also meet a lot of people. Then you still run risks and that danger has now passed.” (translated via Google)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The F1 grid had some COVID cases of their own, with drivers like Lance Stroll, Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc & Mclaren’s Lando Norris contracting the virus. Hence, it is safe to assume that Verstappen didn’t want to take any chance in the new Formula One season.

The Dutchman is optimistic about the new Red Bull car

Verstappen was behind the wheel of the new RB16B, and he feels that Red Bull will have a great season ahead in the upcoming championship in 2021

He said, “What was the most important was just to get a lot of laps on the boards and to understand the car, what to do with the set-up and try things on the car as well. I would say that they were all responding like we would have hoped. So I think that was very positive.”

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 1, 2018 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull finished 2nd in the constructor’s championship last year, while their rival Mercedes went on to win their seventh title. However, the team now has the talents of Sergio Perez and Verstappen, as they hope they can take the fight to the Silver Arrows in 2021.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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