Max Verstappen has reiterated his dislike for Formula 1 Sprint
races, believing the whole format is simply designed around making
“as much money as possible.” Verstappen dominated the Sao Paulo
Sprint for his fourth win from six events in the season in
comfortable fashion after passing pole-sitter Lando Norris into
Turn 1, seeing out the 24 laps without a serious challenge. The Red
Bull driver has been a fierce critic of the format, preferring the
normal Grand Prix weekend of three practice sessions, qualifying
and then the race itself, with changes in the offing around the
structure of a Sprint weekend. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed
talks are ongoing with F1 about moving the Sprint Shootout to
Friday with the Sprint itself on a Saturday morning before Grand
Prix qualifying on Saturday afternoon. But despite the possibility
of changes, Verstappen remains steadfast in his opposition to
Sprints. Verstappen on dislike of Sprints “Just a normal race
weekend, please, thank you,” Verstappen told media including
RacingNews365 when asked what changes he’d like to see. “I’m not
interested in any changes – I don’t like it [the format].” Later,
speaking with Viaplay, the triple World Champion went further,
believing the motive behind Sprints was simply money. “They just do
whatever they want. I think it’s just making stuff up because they
don’t really know what to do out, instead of just keeping it
normal,” Verstappen explained of F1’s rationale behind Sprints.
“That bothers me anyway. Why does the sport suddenly have to be
different? Other sports don’t change their rules all the time
either. I don’t get all that. It’s all about making as much money
as possible. I don’t like it at all.”

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