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Max Verstappen sends emotional Dutch Grand Prix message to F1 fans in fresh Instagram post

Max Verstappen has seen his hopes of appearing at a Dutch Grand Prix this year hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Max Verstappen is trying to stay optimistic through the pain of seeing the Dutch Grand Prix hanging in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic. May 3’s meet at the newly-renovated Circuit Zandvoort is one of four to be postponed due to the spread of the deadly virus which has killed more than 8000 people worldwide.

F1 races in Bahrain, Vietnam and Spain are also awaiting rescheduled dates, while trips to Australia, China and Monaco are off entirely.

Verstappen, who opened the updated track in Zandvoort with Red Bull earlier this month, was meant to make his homecoming in northern Holland.

The 22-year-old has now taken to Instagram to share an emotional reaction to the postponement, which has left the chances of there being a first Dutch Grand Prix since 1985 in doubt.

“Just a quick message to share a few thoughts on the Dutch GP which has been postponed unfortunately [sad crying emoji],” Verstappen wrote, alongside a picture of him at the track opening, on Sunday afternoon.

“I am really impressed with the work that has been done so far by everyone involved [muscle emoji].

“I hope to be driving the challenging new track @circuitzandvoort again soon [rocket emoji] #DutchGP #KeepPushing.”

Sunday August 23 has been talked of as a potential date on which the Dutch Grand Prix might be held.

That weekend is now free after the annual shutdown was brought forward to March and April to ensure racing can continue through the summer.

The meet at Zandvoort would take place the week before the Belgian Grand Prix in that instance, with scores of Verstappen fans set to be out in force at both races.

However, earlier this week, Dutch Grand Prix chief Jan Lammers suggested it would be inappropriate to rearrange the race for later this year, even if Holland is rid of coronavirus.

Lammers said: “People are talking about August, but that is pretty fast. Suppose we can celebrate in July that the country is clean from the virus, is it ethically and morally right to want it in August?

“Do you have to? Maybe it would be much better not to do it until next year. There is so much more going on now.

“All those people who are badly affected medically or financially, that is where our thoughts and our attention have to go.

“That this sporting event is postponed is not what we had all hoped for, but we just have to make room for the things that really matter.”

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