Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton holds a slender eight-point advantage over Red Bull rival Max Verstappen in the World Championship standings and has been recharging his batteries for a busy second half of the 2021 season by taking to the seas in recent days.
Verstappen departed for the Caribbean this week with his girlfriend, Kelly Piquet, daughter of three-time F1 World Champion Nelson. More specifically, Sint Maarten, which is a constituent country of the Netherlands.
McLaren's Lando Norris was a standout performer over the first half of the season to hold third in the standings at the summer break, behind title contenders Hamilton and Verstappen. He bumped into fellow racing driver Tom Coronel while on his travels in Croatia.
Valtteri Bottas started his break on the lakes in his native Finland before jetting off to the United States, where he is preparing to take part in the 'SBT GRVL p/b Canyon' bike race with his partner, professional cyclist Tiffany Cromwell. According to organisers, the event "is held on the greatest gravel roads on Earth" in and around Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Carlos Sainz has also taken to the water during the break, reflecting on a strong start to life at Ferrari as he sits three points clear of teammate Charles Leclerc at 2021's halfway mark.
Some drivers head to the beach, others to the swimming pool. Daniel Ricciardo has found his own unique way of relaxing this summer, with help from his McLaren.
Pierre Gasly is on the Spanish island of Ibiza, where he has caught up with the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne, Norman Nato and Sean Gelael – all former GP2 rivals.
Fresh from his maiden F1 victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon has been relaxing by the pool in Monaco.
George Russell and Nicholas Latifi
Three of the grid's 20 drivers are currently in Mykonos, Greece. Williams team-mates George Russell and Nicholas Latifi "couldn’t get away from each other", as they both travelled to the island with their girlfriends. Leclerc has also opted for the same holiday spot.
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