Verstappen, three-time F1 champion, was particularly outspoken and critical of the Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend, which he considers to be “99% a spectacle” and “1% a sporting event “.
He also said that comparing a circuit that incorporates the famous Strip to a historic street circuit like Monaco is like comparing the flagship football competition, the “Champions League”, with the “National League”.
The Red Bull driver, who finished third in qualifying but will be second for the race with Carlos Sainz serving a 10-place grid penalty, also believes the series needs to do more to sell motorsport to fans who attend races rather than allowing concerts and other entertainment to attract attention.
He said: “When I was little it was the emotion of the sport that I fell in love with and not the spectacle of the sport that surrounds it. As a real runner this shouldn’t really matter .
“A Formula 1 car on a street circuit doesn’t really come to life. It’s not that exciting. I think it’s more like real circuits. When you go to Spa, Monza, those kinds of places , there is a lot of emotion and passion. .
“Seeing the fans there, it’s amazing. When I get in the car there, I’m excited. I love driving to those kinds of places.”
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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19
Verstappen added that F1 was not doing enough to promote sporting competition and was instead relying too much on “random spectacles everywhere”.
He continued: “I understand that the fans maybe need something to do on the track too. But I think it’s more important that you really make them understand what we do, as a sport.
“Most of them come just to party, have a drink, see a DJ play or a show. I can do that anywhere in the world. I can go to Ibiza and feel like shit and have a great time .But that’s what happens (during races).
“People, they come, and they become fans of what? They want to see maybe their favorite artist and have a few drinks with their friends and go out and have a crazy night. But they don’t really understand what we do .” what we do and what we put at stake to perform.
“If the sport could focus more on those kinds of things and explain more about what the team does throughout the season, what they achieve, what they work for, those kinds of things.
“I find it much more important to watch that rather than just having all these random shows everywhere. For me, that’s not what I’m really passionate about.
“I like the passion and the emotion in these kinds of places. I like Vegas but not driving an F1.”
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