RACE DEBRIEF

    After a busy 2023 season, F1 drivers have been enjoying a well-earned break over the last couple of months. But what exactly are they up to? We’ve scoured social media – with some varied results – to bring you a round-up…

    Max Verstappen

    With a third successive title in the bag, you may have expected Verstappen to sit back, relax and avoid motorsport altogether, but the Dutchman crammed in a special track day with his dad before he and partner Kelly Piquet switched off for Christmas.

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    Sergio Perez

    Along with Verstappen, Sergio Perez paid a visit to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes to celebrate the team’s remarkable season, while also making sure he got his caffeine hit...

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton’s need for speed saw him indulge in one of his favourite hobbies with a spot of skydiving, before enjoying some time with his dog, Roscoe, when he landed back on the ground.

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    George Russell

    Repeating their viral photo from 2023, Russell and Fernando Alonso teamed up again to see in the New Year in style. There was also time for a skiing trip with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

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    Charles Leclerc

    Leclerc opted for both hot and cold weather over the break as he explored Los Angeles and then went for a wild toboggan ride in the mountains.

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    Carlos Sainz

    Sainz swapped four wheels for two with some winter cycling (the drivers still needing to stay in shape), before celebrating his father’s success at the Dakar Rally.

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    Lando Norris

    Norris went here, there and everywhere with holiday snaps from all over the globe, including Bali, and also had time to pay a visit to football club Paris Saint-Germain.

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    Oscar Piastri

    Fresh from his impressive rookie season, Piastri was another to watch some sport as he took in a game of basketball, followed by general holidaying.

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    Fernando Alonso

    Potential future 24 Hours of Le Mans team mates, Alonso matched Verstappen with a track day outing, along with some skiing action.

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    Lance Stroll

    Stroll added to his Aston Martin team mate’s efforts in the wintry conditions by posting a clip of himself snowboarding.

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    Pierre Gasly

    Gasly took to the ice rink over Christmas and then linked up with former team mate Yuki Tsunoda for some go-karting.

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    Esteban Ocon

    Ocon spent time with one of his childhood heroes in Zinedine Zidane, the legendary footballer now an Alpine ambassador, before celebrating the New Year with friend Mick Schumacher.

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    Alex Albon

    Albon headed to Thailand for his break, spending the downtime with girlfriend and professional golfer Lily Muni He.

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    Logan Sargeant

    Sargeant ventured into the desert after seeing out his rookie season in Abu Dhabi and confirming his place on the grid for 2024.

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    Yuki Tsunoda

    Tsunoda shared a photo of himself, team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull pair Verstappen and Perez during their appearance at the Honda Thanks Day in Japan.

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    Daniel Ricciardo

    Ricciardo enjoyed some live music and sipped on some of his own wine as he reflected on a mid-season return to F1 in 2023.

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    Valtteri Bottas

    One of F1’s most prolific social media users, Bottas’ feeds are full of cycling photos all over the world, along with the occasional helicopter ride...

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    Zhou Guanyu

    His team mate Zhou, meanwhile, took a trip home to China and the Shanghai Disneyland Park for a particularly magical winter break.

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    Nico Hulkenberg

    Hulkenberg posed for a family photo, including dog Zeus, over Christmas as he pressed pause on his full-time return to F1.

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    Kevin Magnussen

    Magnussen was one of the least active drivers on social media during the off-season but found time to pay tribute to former Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

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