Max Verstappen takes swipe at F1 bosses with ‘is it worth it’ query

Max Verstappen has called for F1’s bosses to stop making so many changes to the sport as he feels the focus is currently just about making money. The Dutchman has aired his frustrations in the past on some of the changes made to F1 in recent years.

He’s been one of the most vocal drivers against the introduction of sprint races and spoke out last year when a new schedule format was trialled where the weekend would not start until Friday instead of Thursday. Verstappen has admitted that a lack of motivation could see him call quits on his F1 career when his contract expires in 2028.

His comments have come at a time where Red Bull are at their most dominant and Verstappen is on his way to a third consecutive world title. Despite sitting pretty at the top of the sport, Verstappen isn’t relenting in his bid to keep F1 bosses from changing the sport too much.

“I am concerned about the sport that I have always loved,” he told De Telegraaf. “And still like it, but to a certain extent. It’s not that I’m completely against change, as is sometimes said.

“But it must be adjustments that benefit Formula One. Why do you have to change certain things when things are going well? I think a traditional qualifying session is well set up in that form. It shouldn’t just be about money. People may think: ‘he earns a lot of money, what is that guy complaining about?’

“But it’s about well-being, how you experience things and not how much you earn. Sometimes I think I have to do too many things, and not do them. Then I sometimes think: is this still worth it?” One of the biggest changes to F1 in recent years has been the sheer amount of races in a single calendar year.

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But Verstappen doesn’t feel that is what is hurting the sport the most.

He added: “That’s not the biggest problem. I’m more concerned with what to do with it.

“A Thursday before a race weekend is sometimes a long time, although it depends a bit on where we are.

“Besides the Grand Prix there is also simulator work. But, for example, I spend more than a month a year on marketing. At a certain point you don’t feel like it anymore.”

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