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Max Verstappen Criticizes F1 Decision Ahead of Chinese Grand Prix Return

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Verstappen Displeased with Limited Practice Time

As the Chinese Grand Prix makes its comeback after a four-year hiatus, Max Verstappen has expressed his disappointment with the F1's decision to only allow drivers one hour of practice at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Unpopular Decision Amongst Drivers

Verstappen's sarcastic response to the limited practice time reflects the sentiment shared by many drivers, including Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who believe that more practice time is essential after such a long absence from the track.

New Sprint Race Format

The Chinese Grand Prix will feature a new sprint race format this weekend, with drivers starting the weekend with a practice hour followed by sprint qualifying on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen and Sainz Speak Out

Verstappen criticized the decision, stating that it may not be the smartest move from a driving and performance perspective, while Sainz emphasized the challenges of going straight into qualifying after such a long absence from the track.

Looking Ahead

With the return of the Chinese Grand Prix and the introduction of the new sprint race format, the F1 season continues to bring excitement and challenges for drivers and fans alike.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of aerodynamics in Formula 1?

Aerodynamics is crucial to Formula 1 as it affects drag and downforce. Downforce presses the car onto the track, which increases grip and allows drivers to maintain high speeds through corners without losing control. To gain an advantage over competitors, teams spend a lot of resources on aerodynamics.

How are Formula 1 cars designed to ensure driver safety?

Formula 1 cars come with advanced safety features designed to protect the driver. This includes a strong, carbon-fiber monocoque as well as the Halo cockpit-protection system, energy absorbent crash structures, advanced helmet technology, and a powerful, lightweight monocoque. Each component has been rigorously tested to ensure that it adheres with the stringent safety standards established by FIA.

How is Formula 1’s world champion determined?

The Formula 1 World Champion can be determined by accumulating points over the course of the season. The points are awarded based on the drivers’ finishing positions in each Grand Prix. Drivers who finish higher receive more points. The driver who has the most points at the end of the season is named the World Champion. Constructors’ Championship is decided in a similar way by adding all the points that each team has scored.

What’s the Difference Between Slick and Wet Tires in F1

Slick tires in Formula 1 are designed for dry conditions, and their smooth surface area provides maximum contact with the track, offering the highest levels of grip. Wet tires (intermediates and full-wets) have tread patterns designed to disperse the water on wet surfaces, reducing aquaplaning and providing traction during rainy conditions. In light to medium rain, intermediates should be used. Full wets will work in heavy rain.

How do Formula 1 Teams transport equipment between races

Formula 1 teams meticulously plan the logistics to transport their cars, parts, and equipment globally. Trucks are used for European races while air cargo is preferable for events that span long distances and occur overseas. Each team maintains a logistics division to ensure that everything arrives on schedule and in perfect condition. This is done by carefully managing a season-long complex schedule that crosses multiple continents.

What is Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix about?

Monaco Grand Prix has long been regarded as one of motorsport’s most prestigious events. It is not only celebrated for its glamour but for the incredible challenge that it presents drivers. The narrow, twisting streets of Monte Carlo make it a highly technical circuit, with no room for error and lower average speeds than other tracks. Monaco’s rich history and the challenge of its tight corners and barriers give it a legendary status in Formula 1.


  • As of the latest season, Mercedes AMG Petronas has won eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships, the longest streak in Formula 1 history.
  • The fastest lap ever recorded in Formula 1 was set by Juan Pablo Montoya, reaching a top speed of 372.6 km/h (231.523 mph).
  • The highest number of cars to start a Formula 1 race was 34 at the 1953 German Grand Prix.
  • Sebastian Vettel became the youngest World Champion in Formula 1 history, securing his first title at the age of 23 years and 134 days in 2010.
  • The largest winning margin in a Formula 1 race was recorded by Jim Clark in 1963 at the Belgian Grand Prix, with a lead of nearly 5 minutes over the second-place finisher.
  • Jenson Button accomplished the greatest number of overtakes in a single race, with a total of 26 during the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most World Championships won by a single driver, with a total of seven titles.
  • The 2020 Formula 1 season comprised the shortest calendar in recent history with just 17 races, due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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