Reigning world champion Max Verstappen sensationally threatens to quit if organisers mess around with the ‘DNA of F1’ by making one huge change: ‘I’m not a fan of it at all’

He might be shooting for three world championships in a row and enjoying a cruisy life at the top of the grid, but Max Verstappen has threatened to quit F1 if organisers insist on messing with the ‘DNA’ of racing. ‘But also, I think when we’re going to do all that kind of stuff, the weekend becomes even more intense and we’re already doing so many races. ‘For me, a sprint race is all about surviving, it’s not about racing,’ he said. I prefer to just keep my car alive and make sure that you have a good race car for Sunday. ‘And even if you change the format, I don’t find it’s the DNA of Formula 1 to do these kinds of sprint races. ‘F1 is about getting the most out of it in qualifying and then having an amazing Sunday, good long race distances.

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