Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has admitted to ignoring a lot of F1 news, not wanting the pressures of the sport to consume his off-track life.
The Dutchman has won three consecutive world championship titles, elevating him to a level of fame beyond just the sport of F1.
His Instagram account alone, for example, boasts over 11 million followers, while his ever-growing list of ventures see him appeal to multiple different racing audiences.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner recently revealed that the Dutchman is ‘uncomfortable’ with his new-found fame, and his social media habits may be evidence of that.
Verstappen’s off-track habits
Verstappen has spent his winter break engrossed in an online racing series, as well as taking some much-needed time to recuperate with his family.
However, despite this apparent racing obsession, the Dutchman has admitted that he tries to stay away from F1 during his down-time.
Last season was the joint-longest in F1 history, and the upcoming 2024 season will be the longest the sport has ever seen, spanning 21 different countries and running from February-December.
“I consciously ignore a lot of Formula 1 news, then at a certain point it no longer appears in my timeline,” he added.
“Actually, I only follow other sports and athletes, also to gain balance in my life. I don’t want to know everything – especially when I’m at home – about what’s going on in the paddock.”