Verstappen: Don’t make F1 like wrestling

Jamie Woodhouse
Max Verstappen PA

Max Verstappen PA

Max Verstappen has warned that the drivers don’t want F1 to become “artificial and fake” like “American wrestling”.

The comments came after Verstappen and fellow drivers met with Formula 1 bosses to discuss the plans for next season which include the possible introduction of reverse-grid sprint races to replace qualifying at some venues.

Verstappen fears that bringing in such gimmicks risks making Formula 1 “artificial and fake”, like the world of scripted wrestling.

“Us drivers had a meeting with the Formula 1 owners,” Verstappen told his official website. “We spoke a lot about what we want as drivers.

“Nothing has been decided but we don’t want something like American wrestling were everything is artificial and fake. We made clear that is not what we want.

“I think qualifying is good the way it is. I wouldn’t know how to change it.”

Verstappen hasn’t been best pleased with several of the recently announced changes in Formula 1.

It has been confirmed that the 2020 season will feature a record 22 races, something which Verstappen fears will put too much stress on people and could even lead to “divorces” for the teams’ crews.

The Dutchman is also worried about the weight of the proposed cars for 2021, and urges the series not to add more to them.

“Currently, the cars would be three seconds per lap slower. That’s quite a lot. I think the cars have to be lighter, but that’s difficult to do with the hybrid power units and the batteries,” he admitted.

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