Verstappen Absent from Press Conference, Perez & Ricciardo to Attend

Max Verstappen, along with several other key Formula 1 figures including Mercedes drivers and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, will miss the pre-weekend press conference at the Albert Park Street Circuit, with uncertainties surrounding Sainz’s participation in the weekend race due to recent surgery.


‣ Max Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez have differing schedules for the pre-weekend press conference at the Albert Park Street Circuit, with only Perez attending.

‣ Key drivers from Mercedes and Ferrari, including George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, and potentially Carlos Sainz due to recent surgery, will be absent from the drivers’ press conference in Melbourne.

‣ The F1 team bosses’ press conference will occur without Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, but Frederic Vasseur will be present after the first practice session.

‣ The drivers’ press conference is scheduled for 13:30 local time on Thursday, while the team bosses’ press conference will take place at 14:30 local time on Friday.

Max Verstappen’s skipping the pre-weekend chatter at Albert Park. Yep, no show for Thursday’s media day. But, his Red Bull sidekick, Sergio Perez? He’s in.

Now, about the F1 drivers’ gabfest. Neither of Mercedes’ duo, George Russell nor Lewis Hamilton, will grace Melbourne’s press conference. They’ve got it penciled in for 13:30 local (that’s 2:30 GMT / 3:30 CET, for the time zone wizards). Thursday’s the day.

Oh, and the Ferrari fellas? Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are giving it a miss too. Sainz, poor chap, is battling post-appendicitis blues. Despite landing in Melbourne, his weekend plans are up in the air. Will he race? That’s the million-dollar question.

Switching gears to Friday. Post-practice, it’s the team bosses’ turn to face the music. No Christian Horner. No Toto Wolff. But Frederic Vasseur? He’ll be there, front and center, after the first free practice. Catch this at 14:30 local time on Friday (3:30 GMT / 4:30 CET). Keep your eyes peeled on GPblog for all the juicy updates.

So, who’s hitting the mics and when? Stay tuned.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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