Max Verstappen, the reigning Formula 1 world champion, has expressed his frustration and concern over the recent announcement of an “unsustainable” triple-header event in 2024 which will see races taking place in Las Vegas and the Middle East.
Verstappen, who has been a vocal critic of the tightly-packed schedules in recent years, has slammed F1 for what he believes to be a disregard for the well-being of the drivers and their teams. The proposed triple-header, which will feature races in Las Vegas, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, has raised serious concerns about the toll it will take on the drivers and teams.
Speaking to FirstSportz, Verstappen expressed his frustration, saying, “It’s just not sustainable to have three races in such a short period of time, especially in locations that are so far apart. It’s not only physically demanding for the drivers but also for the entire team. We need to consider the well-being of the people involved in the sport.”
He also questioned the logic behind adding more races to an already packed calendar, stating that it puts unnecessary strain on the teams and takes away from the quality of the competition.
Verstappen’s criticism comes at a time when F1 is facing increasing scrutiny over its scheduling and the impact it has on the drivers and teams. With the sport looking to expand into new markets, there is a growing concern that the focus on quantity may be overshadowing the need for quality racing and the well-being of those involved.
The Dutch driver’s comments have sparked a debate within the F1 community, with many expressing support for his concerns. It remains to be seen how F1 will respond to the criticism and whether any changes will be made to the proposed 2024 triple-header schedule.