“You don’t need sprint races”- Max Verstappen speaks against the new Formula 1 change proposed to spice up the competition.
Formula 1 is often termed by the fans as monotonous because of Mercedes’ unchallenged dominance over the past seven years. To spice up the competition, there are several proposals made, including the sprint races.
However, Max Verstappen does not support the proposed change and wants to continue with the conventional two hour-long races and rather advice teams to step up their challenges.
“It’s not necessarily about [having] more racing. I quite like doing a one-and-a-half-hour race because if we have good cars, we can race closely, and of course, more teams can fight for victory; you don’t need sprint races.”
“I think we don’t need to really mix it up that much, the whole programme. We don’t need to mix it up that much to see a fight for the win,” shared the Red Bull driver.
Sergio Perez opines the same.
Verstappen’s new teammate Sergio Perez has also shown his reservations against the sprint racing and claims that he doesn’t understand its change.
“I don’t know what to expect, really. How it will change the programme once we’ve done it, I don’t know. I think for me, the most important thing is that Formula 1 remains with [its] DNA. I think it’s a fragile line. It’s a bit risky,” said the Mexican.
While Red Bull is at the top of the food chain, though after Mercedes, teams at the bottom, like Haas, want things to change on F1 to bring in the excitement.
Gene Haas, the team owner on Thursday, claimed that it is not fun to race when you already know who is going to be the winner at the end of the day. Therefore, such amendments are beneficial to them, especially the idea of the reverse grid.