But the 25-year-old Dutchman confirmed in a tweet that he is “feeling fine again” and, having delayed his flight to Jeddah, will instead arrive for practice on Friday.
Feeling fine again, after not being fit for a few days because of a stomach bug. Therefore, I unfortunately had to… https://t.co/XdCLARhoco
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) 1678960880000
His Red Bull team also tweeted to confirm Verstappen’s absence.
“Max has been suffering from a stomach illness over the past few days and with the agreement of the FIA will not be present on track today,” said the team.
After victory in a crushing Red Bull one-two at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez.