Max Verstappen has lifted the lid on his pre-race preparations in a behind-the-scenes look into the Crimson Bull storage. A video launched by Verstappen reveals the Dutchman going by means of response checks, workout routines and debriefs earlier than moving into the automobile.
It offers an perception into how the 25-year-old will get into race-winning mode, having crushed Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc in current seasons.
The footage was taken on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix the place Verstappen secured P2 behind team-mate Sergio Perez. The reigning champion begins off with a response take a look at utilizing an revolutionary Blazepod system.
The device lights up totally different buttons with drivers timed on how rapidly they will hit every one. The gadget is utilized by many drivers on the grid together with Alex Albon, Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly.
Subsequent come the workout routines with the Crimson Bull star utilizing a sequence of resistance bands to stretch out his arms and shoulders. Whereas getting warmed up, he additionally watches World Endurance Championship racing from Spa-Francorchamps on his pill.
Mid-exercising, he spots Renger Van der Zande’s heavy shunt at Eau Rouge, shouting “oooh f***” The resistance bands are then tightened round Verstappen’s head to simulate the extraordinary G-forces drivers will really feel behind the wheel.
The Netherlands native is requested to repeatedly flip his head in numerous instructions to ensure his subsequent muscle tissues are warmed up. Drivers can attain forces of as much as 5G in braking zones whereas Verstappen suffered a staggering 51G shunt with Hamilton at Silverstone in 2021.
With out correct coaching, drivers would danger struggling whiplash, making this one of the vital vital elements of the pre-race routine. Nonetheless, the essential workout routines are a far cry from Verstappen’s normal tech-filled routine away from the observe.
He has been noticed utilizing a sequence of instruments to assist preserve in form together with an Isomed Steering wheel, neck dynamometer and wattbike. However Verstappen has beforehand admitted he’s “fortunate” becuse he does not have to do a lot to remain in form in comparison with a lot of his rivals.
He instructed JOE: “For me crucial is simply the cardio. I do a number of operating, Everyone seems to be constructed in another way.
“Some individuals have to work out so much and have to deal with their muscle tissues to maintain the muscle energy up. From my aspect, I believe I’m a little bit bit fortunate that I needn’t focus an excessive amount of on that. In fact, I’m doing these exercises but when I don’t do this for like every week I am not dropping a number of energy.”
After making ready in his motorhome, the Crimson Bull driver heads over to the storage the place music is blaring out in a celebration ambiance for Helmut Marko’s birthday.
Posing for some snaps, Verstappen is then requested to finish pre-race weight checks earlier than a sequence of talks along with his engineers.
Because it will get nearer to the beginning of the race, Verstappen dons his fireproof balaclava and helmet and jumps within the automobile with the assistance of his engineers.