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Max Verstappen Slams Las Vegas Grand Prix as “99 Percent Show and One Percent Sporting Event”

, Max Verstappen Slams Las Vegas Grand Prix as “99 Percent Show and One Percent Sporting Event”

Verstappen Feels Like a Clown

Formula One world champion Max Verstappen did not hold back when expressing his thoughts on the Las Vegas Grand Prix. According to Verstappen, the race is mostly a show, with just one percent dedicated to the sport itself. He even went so far as to say that the pre-race festivities and razzmatazz made him feel like a clown.

Drivers Criticize the Inaugural Race

Verstappen is not alone in his criticism of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Several other drivers, including his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, have also voiced their concerns. The demanding schedule and late-night timings have left them feeling exhausted and drained.

A Lavish F1 Ceremony

F1 has gone all out to promote their showpiece event. A special launch event was held, featuring performances by renowned singers such as Kylie Minogue and John Legend. The drivers themselves were also introduced to the crowd, although Verstappen made it clear that he would rather skip such ceremonies.

Jet-Lag Takes its Toll

The Las Vegas Grand Prix comes at the end of a grueling triple-header across three continents. This back-to-back race with Abu Dhabi, which requires a 26-hour flight, has wreaked havoc on the drivers' jet-lag. Verstappen highlighted the challenges of adjusting to different time zones and the toll it takes on their physical well-being.

, Max Verstappen Slams Las Vegas Grand Prix as “99 Percent Show and One Percent Sporting Event”

Not Everyone Agrees

While Verstappen and others have criticized the race, Lewis Hamilton has come to its defense. Hamilton understands the efforts made by F1 owners Liberty Media to host the Las Vegas event. He believes it is essential to tap into the American market and give fans in iconic cities like Las Vegas a chance to experience the sport up close.

Hamilton also expressed his confidence that the race will provide good racing and that over time, the local community will grow to love the sport. He commended F1 for their progress and dismissed the complaints from those who are resistant to change.

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