Max Verstappen Really Doesn’t Like F1 Sprint Races And Here’s Why – WTF1

Max Verstappen Really Doesn’t Like F1 Sprint Races And Here’s Why

If you’re not a fan of the F1 Sprint, don’t worry! Neither is current world champion Max Verstappen, and unfortunately for him, it looks like we’re going to have six – yes, SIX in 2023.

The Sprints were first introduced in 2021 and totally messed with the ‘normal’ F1 schedule. And, to be honest, they were a bit of a mixed bag in terms of living up to the hype.

With fewer practice sessions, qualifying moved to a Friday and a 100km Sprint race run on Saturday, the weekend was designed to draw a younger audience in and provide a bit more bang for your buck.

After positive feedback from the teams, bosses and partners, F1 decided to double the amount of Sprint sessions on the calendar for 2023.

But what do the drivers think? Well, Max is most definitely not a fan.

“I don’t like it. For me, I don’t enjoy the weekend format,” Max told media including The Race. “I don’t mind the one practice, and straight into qualifying, for me, that’s probably better. I just don’t like… there’s no feeling with it.

“All the time when I do these races, it’s all about ‘oh, let’s not damage it, make sure you stay in the top three, and for me, that’s not really a race.

“I think we should just stick to one race. I don’t understand what the problem is with that.” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right, Max?

F1 are obviously fans of the sprint, but since its debut at Silverstone last season it has split fans’ opinions.

Some enjoy the excitement and possible jeopardy of the mini-race that takes place instead of an extra practice session, while others argue that with no risk it’s just a parade.

Verstappen added: “Everyone is super careful anyway because if you are fighting for third and you have a little touch, and you drop back to P-whatever or last, then your race on Sunday is going to be really tough.

“So, you’re probably not going to risk it. That’s not what a race should be about.”

With a Sprint race heading our way this weekend in Brazil, we hope it’s as thrilling as last year’s – when Lewis charged through from the back of the grid.

Are you a fan of Sprint races? Let us know in the comments. 

7 thoughts on “Max Verstappen Really Doesn’t Like F1 Sprint Races And Here’s Why

  • No, not a fan. Overall, they have been pretty dull. Max has won most of them if I remember correctly. So his opinion is not tainted with envy I think.

  • I still don’t understand the sprints. The drivers usually just sound bored and impatient, since it’s not the real race, yet there’s all the risk of ruining the real race. They can increase the sprint points all they want to try and make it high stakes, but if no one wants to take risks and the winner is just going to be one of the 2-3 competitive drivers winning races anyway… it feels like a distracting preview at best and at worst a chore. Maybe it’s more for the people who attend the race in person?

    • motorsportfan says:

      It’s not for those who attend though, I was at Silverstone 2021 and it didn’t really add anything more to the weekend 🤷‍♂️

    • Phillip Watters says:

      Do you agree with me that the results of qualifying should set the grid for both the sprint on Sat. and the race on Sun.? That way, if one of the top drivers gets taken out in the sprint, they would still start the Grand Prix in their original qualifying position.

      • I think it would help… Guenther Steiner has proposed something similar, except with two qualis- one for the sprint and one for the race itself to achieve a similar effect.

        I’d like to see the sprint results be more different from the race results though. If the sprint and race finish order end up as more or less the same, all it does it make it harder to move up or down in the drivers’ championship; the point-rich get richer and the poor stay poor, the sprint helps reinforce it.

        This is where more gimmicky ideas come in, like reverse grids. It might make a few eyes roll but then again, if F1 wants to try something silly then maybe the sprint is the place to do it. Heck just use the previous race finish as the sprint start lineup, it would reward clean racing and race-pace.

  • it would be more interesting if they do a normal qualify round , than the sprint race reversed grid and the official race normal. this would gave the smaller teams the chance to win some important points, and for them it would be more important to realy race compared to the top teams. if not , it just do not add anything

  • Phillip Watters says:

    I would be fine with sprint races if they made one little change that seems really obvious to me. Qualifying should set the grid for both the sprint race and the grand prix. It’s unfair for the sprint race to act as a second qualifying round. Drivers should be free to drive aggressively in the sprint without worrying about ruining their chances in the race the next day.

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