Verstappen: Drivers do not race in F1 sprints out of worry

Max Verstappen has criticised Method 1’s Dash format because the two-time World Champion believes drivers “do not actually race” out of worry.

Launched in 2021, the Saturday Dash is used to set the grid for the principle Grand Prix with a smaller race, which is round one-third distance of the principle Grand Prix.

The third-and-final dash race of the 2022 season is ready to happen on the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, with the quantity rising to 6 occasions for the ’23 marketing campaign.

Nonetheless, Verstappen, who has received each Dash races at Imola and in Austria in 2022, believes the format is boring as drivers do not need to threat scuppering their probabilities in the principle Grand Prix.

Verstappen on dash races

“I am actually simply not a giant fan of it as a result of I really feel like we do not actually race,” Verstappen advised media together with

“Okay, there are just a few factors you could get (for the highest eight finishers), however you additionally know you may’t actually threat it as a result of the principle race is the place you actually get the factors.

“You do not do a pit-stop, so that you simply placed on the tyre which is able to final the gap.

“With these vehicles, the racing is somewhat higher however, general, you do not see quite a lot of overtaking until there’s a automotive out of place.

“So it isn’t actually that enjoyable for me, everybody has their very own opinion – however for it isn’t that enjoyable.”

What Verstappen does like about Sprints

Regardless of not liking the format of racing in sprints itself, Verstappen admitted he did just like the stress of going straight into qualifying (to set the Dash grid) after only one follow session.

“I do just like the one follow [session] after which going straight into qualifying,” he mentioned.

“I do not thoughts that as a result of it is much less follow for everybody to get absolutely on top of things and it is advisable actually nail the setup, in order that’s okay.

“However, I all the time really feel a bit like that after I go right into a Dash race, I am not likely risking quite a bit and simply need to play secure.”

Haas racer Kevin Magnussen additionally weighed in on the Dash format – however in contrast to Verstappen is a fan of it.

“I type of prefer it,” the Dane defined.

“Max has an excellent level that the danger you need to soak up Dash races is much less as a result of it decides the place for Sunday, so I feel perhaps a tweak might be to separate it [from the main race] so you may go for it.

“I get pleasure from going from follow one straight into qualifying, like Max says, because it places quite a lot of stress on you to discover a rhythm shortly and get the setup proper.

“When there’s three follow classes, it is rather a lot, however anyway, I type of prefer it.”

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