Their lives have been dominated by motorsport from an early age, but because of the corona crisis, the Formula 1 drivers were forced to stay at home for months. They dispelled boredom in many ways.
Romain Grosjean was a teacher for his sons Sacha and Simon for much of the corona period. "I don't have children and I would have left that to my wife, because she works as a teacher," said Kevin Magnussen, Grosjean's teammate at Haas.
"I do have a niece and I really became her favorite uncle. I built a huge dollhouse for her. I spent two weeks doing that. She loves it."
"And I enjoyed doing it myself," said the Dane. "I can't sit still, I just had to do something."
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Räikkönen: 'At the end of lockdown, my son was faster than me'
Kimi Räikkönen suddenly had a lot of time for his children because of the pandemic. The Alfa Romeo Finn often went karting with his five-year-old son Robin.
"At the end of the lockdown I could no longer keep up with him. Of course he has the advantage that he is much lighter than me," said Räikkönen apparently seriously.
"He has a lot of talent, so who knows what the future holds. I don't care what he does, as long as he does what he likes. It changes every day for children at this age."
Pierre Gasly (in white shirt) on Thursday at the Red Bull Ring. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Kvyat learned to play the guitar
Pierre Gasly threw himself into an Italian course during the lockdown and his AlphaTauri teammate Daniil Kvyat learned to play the guitar. He received private digital lessons from Simon Neil, lead singer of rock band Biffy Clyro. In return, the Scottish artist received simracetips from the Russian driver.
"I practiced a lot on the guitar, both acoustically and electrically," said Kvyat. "There was plenty of time, because we had to stay indoors for days on end. Fortunately, the neighbors did not complain."
Gasly is delighted that Formula 1 will return this weekend. "You can not see my smile through the mask, but I am very happy."
"It was especially difficult to cancel one race after the other, we didn't know where to work when trying to stay fit at home," said the Frenchman.
"Now is a busy time with eight races in ten weeks. But I think we've saved enough energy to handle that easily."
GP Austria times
- First training: Friday 11 am
- Second training: Friday 3 pm
- Third training: Saturday noon
- Qualification: Saturday 3 pm
- Race: Sunday 3.10 p.m.
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