Max Verstappen disappointed with Las Vegas: Lack of emotion and passion

“Monaco is like Champions League, this is National League.”

by Sead Dedovic
Max Verstappen disappointed with Las Vegas: Lack of emotion and passion
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Max Verstappen continued to criticize the Las Vegas Grand Prix after qualifying. He said he didn't enjoy driving the new street track and that the event was too focused on spectacle. Verstappen had a particularly interesting comment, in which he also mentioned Monaco.

“Monaco is like Champions League, this is National League”. - Verstappen said, as quoted by “I can go on for a long time,” Verstappen said. “Of course the show element is important but I lack emotion." Even in the early stages of his career, the Dutchman always dreamed of becoming an F1 driver and winning the championship.

He managed to achieve that. F1 is a sport that evokes emotion in Germans, and Verstappen wants it to remain that way in the future. The fact is that such races are not his interest, especially now that he has won the title. Las Vegas is a race that Max will certainly not be emotionally attached to.

“For me when I was a little kid it was about the emotion of the sport, that’s what I fell in love with and not the show around it. As a real racer, I think that shouldn’t really matter. A racing car on a street circuit anyway doesn’t really come alive.

It’s not that exciting. I think it’s more about proper race tracks. When you go to Spa, Monza, these kinds of places they have a lot of emotion and passion. For me, seeing the fans there is incredible. And for me as well, when I jump in the car I’m fired up and I love driving around these kind of places.

Of course I understand the fans maybe need something to do as well around the track, but I think it’s more important that you make them understand what we do as a sport, because most of them just come to have a party, drink, see a DJ play or a performance act.


Max Verstappen

Emotion and passion are what Max Verstappen is truly interested in when it comes to Formula One. He believes that F1 fans must see the complete picture, not just the glamorous side of the sport. They need to understand the effort and work that goes into every race, from the engineers and mechanics to the drivers themselves.

It's an incredible amount of dedication and sacrifice that makes Formula One possible.
"I can do that all over the world, I can go to Ibiza and get completely sfaced and have a good time. People come and they become a fan of what? They want to see maybe their favourite artist and have a few drinks with their mates and they go out and have a crazy night out.

But they don’t actually understand what we are doing and what we are putting on the line to perform. If you would actually invest more time into the actual sport, what we’re actually trying to achieve here. As a little kid, we grew up wanting to be a world champion.

If the sport put more focus onto these kinds of things, and also explained more what the team is doing, what they are achieving, what they are working for. These kind of things I find way more important to look at than just having all these random shows all over the place.

For me, it’s not what I’m very passionate about and I lack passion and emotion with these kind of places. I love Vegas, but not to drive an F1 car. I love to go out, have a few drinks, throw everything on red, to be a bit crazy and have nice food. But like I said, emotion, passion, it’s not there, compared to some old school tracks”.

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