Max Verstappen Not a Fan of F1’s Proposed Change: “Don’t Need Sprint Races”

Published 02/26/2021, 6:58 AM EST
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


The domination of Mercedes over the last seven years have made the sport of Formula 1 quite predictable. The F1 Commission has discussed introducing the sprint race format this season, which is expected to make the weekend more interesting and allow for the grid to get on a level playing field.

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Some have welcomed this suggested change to F1, while others believe that this is an unnecessary step. The Red Bull drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, gave their opinion on the sprint race format.

Verstappen shared his skepticism over the format and said, “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 are able to fight for victory, you don’t need sprint races.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 24: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“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,” stated the Red Bull driver.

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Perez warns F1 on similar lines as Max Verstappen

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Sergio Perez is replacing Albon to help close Red Bull’s gap with Mercedes. It is essential for the Mexican to live up to the Milton Keynes’s expectations. Like Verstappen, he also believes sprint race format is not necessary and warned F1 about the same.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“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 very thin line. It’s a bit risky,” said the Mexican.

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Formula 1 boss Domenicali, had explained earlier that sprint races are not a possibility at all. However, Recently, the F1 commission shifted their focus from the reverse grid to sprint races in order to spice up the weekend and qualifying process. Would you like to see sprint races feature this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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