Max Verstappen says he’s not in Method 1 to entertain the crowds off the monitor, as too many commitments can “harm your efficiency”.
As Method 1’s reigning World Champion, Verstappen is in demand.
Not solely do journalists need interviews however followers want to meet him, say hello and get an autograph.
The latter is being made simpler of late given the lifting of COVID restrictions, followers lining the trail into the Albert Park circuit to catch a glimpse, and a selfie, with their favorite driver.
However don’t anticipate Verstappen to tire himself out with off-track commitments, the Pink Bull driver adamant he received’t compromise his performances by carrying himself down.
“Even when there isn’t any COVID for certain I’m not going to do extra… on weekends as a result of I’m there to race, I’m not there to entertain the crowds,” he mentioned to Reuters.
“I’ll entertain them by doing that on the monitor.
“In any other case you get upset, you don’t really feel good and it’s going to harm your efficiency. So it’s essential to simply preserve it precisely the identical, the identical strategy as different race weekends.”
The Dutchman believes he has the precise help in place to make sure his scheduled is managed correctly.
“You want the precise individuals round you as effectively to handle you in that,” he mentioned.
“After all at one level as a driver what it’s essential to really feel good within the automotive and you actually know what number of commitments you are able to do on a weekend.
“However it’s best to have the ability to say ‘no’ to sure commitments. On the finish of the day you might be right here to drive and to race as a result of that’s what you reside for and what you receives a commission to do.”
However whereas Verstappen possibly the World Champion, his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is the native lad at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
And that, Verstappen reckons, turns into an enormous drain on the Aussie’s reserves.
“I all the time felt sorry for him as a result of he was all the time so busy,” mentioned Verstappen. “He really by no means actually acquired to totally get pleasure from it.
“Possibly he manages it in a different way now however I bear in mind when he was right here it was powerful, he was tremendous busy within the week main as much as the grand prix.
“So I hope for him that no less than he can get pleasure from it a bit extra now as a result of I believe it is vitally particular to have a house grand prix.”