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Max Verstappen takes no chances against COVID as F1 world title race enters decisive phase in Texas

Max Verstappen isn’t exactly world-class at throwing basketball hoops.

There is what might be called his dubious technique and an official return of two baskets in 10 attempts.

Right in the middle of the sunlit paddock in Austin, all the drivers who will compete in the United States Grand Prix tomorrow were invited to try their luck on free throws.

Max Verstappen does not take risks with COVID and regularly wears a mask

Max Verstappen does not take risks with COVID and regularly wears a mask

The Dutchman kept his mask even when the drivers participated in a basketball event in Austin.

The Dutchman kept his mask even when the drivers participated in a basketball event in Austin.

The Dutchman kept his mask even when the drivers participated in a basketball event in Austin.

Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez was among the drivers happy to remove his mask

Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez was among the drivers happy to remove his mask

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was among the drivers happy to remove his mask

Most joined. Lando Norris, affected by a bad cold, was one of those who did not.

Verstappen did his part for the show. He, like the rest of the grid, was asked to remove his mask for the task.

He declined the invitation.

This intrepid driver, an alpha male, felt he had a lot to lose by accepting the request.

The championship leader finished third in the opening practice session in Austin, Texas.

The championship leader finished third in the opening practice session in Austin, Texas.

The championship leader finished third in the opening practice session in Austin, Texas.

Lewis Hamilton finished behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening practice session

Lewis Hamilton finished behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening practice session

Lewis Hamilton finished behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening practice session

Yes, Covid may be the easiest way you can give up your inaugural world title.

Regardless of the effectiveness of the masks, Verstappen takes no chances in this regard. Zoom primarily conducts his interviews to minimize contact with humans.

So far he has not hired Covid and knows that if he suffers from the ailment, his title fight with Lewis Hamilton could be distorted beyond reason.

Just six points separate the two men with six races remaining, including this one at Texas.

Verstappen said of covid-19: 'If you get it, you get it, and you're very unlucky'

Verstappen said of covid-19: 'If you get it, you get it, and you're very unlucky'

Verstappen said of covid-19: ‘If you get it, you get it, and you’re very unlucky’

On the Covid threat, Verstappen said: ‘I try not to think too much about it and I do what I have been doing so far. I can’t lock myself at home all the time.

‘If you get it, you get it, and you’re very unlucky.

“There are people who have been very strict about it and still have it, so I have to do what I’ve been doing.”

This race marks the first time since the 11-hour cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix last year that journalists have been allowed into the team’s motorhomes.

Lando Norris is weakened by a cold, but thinks he'll be fine for racing on Sunday.

Lando Norris is weakened by a cold, but thinks he'll be fine for racing on Sunday.

Lando Norris is weakened by a cold, but thinks he’ll be fine for racing on Sunday.

McLaren, always the most welcoming team, offered glasses of wine and beer to celebrate the historic breakthrough on Thursday afternoon.

Poor Norris looked grim beyond his mask. His eyes ached as he fought fatigue and illness.

He thinks it will be fine for a run, as adrenaline is the therapeutic that brings it all back, but admitted he was struggling to fall asleep with the six-hour time difference.

However, he was pleased to be named, 21, in this week’s fan poll as the second most popular driver in the world behind Verstappen, and the favorite among female audiences.

Verstappen was named the most popular F1 driver in a poll earlier this week.

Verstappen was named the most popular F1 driver in a poll earlier this week.

Verstappen was named the most popular F1 driver in a poll earlier this week.

Verstappen, whom Norris is trying to match at the head of the new squad, joked about his number one status: ‘My life is complete. It’s good that they voted for me.

“I guess they like my driving style, and people might appreciate that I’m straightforward, honest, and myself.”

Verstappen can also be belligerent. Tells it like it is.

Timo Glock, the former Toyota official whom Hamilton passed under dramatic circumstances to win his first world title in 2007, suggested last week that the Dutchman would have beaten the British star after they met on the track at Monza, for a second. time this season. if i had been a few years younger and rawer.

Verstappen crashed into title rival Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix in September

Verstappen crashed into title rival Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix in September

Verstappen crashed into title rival Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix in September

His Red Bull vehicle was launched from the curb and landed on top of the Briton's Mercedes.

His Red Bull vehicle was launched from the curb and landed on top of the Briton's Mercedes.

His Red Bull vehicle was launched from the curb and landed on top of the Briton’s Mercedes.

Would I have done it?

Verstappen said: ‘I’m getting older and more experienced, but I don’t necessarily think I would have hit Lewis earlier.

‘Nobody likes to be together in the race, but sometimes these things unfortunately happen.

They have it in karting and in F1. We all have low moments with someone, but we are human beings and we can move on. We can forgive. ‘

The Dutchman said the accident at Monza has not affected his relationship with the Briton.

The Dutchman said the accident at Monza has not affected his relationship with the Briton.

The Dutchman said the accident at Monza has not affected his relationship with the Briton.

Hamilton finished behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated the opening practice session.

Bottas, who will meet a five-place grid crash after another engine change, finished the hour running just 0.045 seconds ahead.

Verstappen was in third place, a distant nine-tenths away.

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