Max Verstappen has insisted that the Las Vegas Grand Prix circuit layout would be ‘a lot more fun’ if there were more high-speed corners. The existing track design features three long straights that all end with slow-speed sections.
The reigning world champion heads into the season’s show-stopper event having won 17 of the last 18 races in a record-breaking run, but Verstappen is still not totally satisfied with the direction the sport is heading in.
Red Bull’s star driver has been public with his criticisms of the event’s execution, and has now labelled the Grand Prix as “99 per cent show, and one per cent sporting event.” These comments mainly referred to the grand opening ceremony that kicked off the weekend on Thursday.
Discussing his feelings on the track layout, Verstappen told Autosport: “Yeah, not very interesting. It’s just not many corners, to be honest. I don’t know. I mean, it also will depend probably a bit on how grippy it is. Doesn’t look like it has a lot of grip but yeah, we’ll go with the flow.
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“I don’t think it’s that exciting, that’s the only thing. But naturally already for me, a street circuit is not very exciting, especially with these new cars. They’re just too heavy. And especially also when you have low grip, that doesn’t help.
“Of course, it will be great driving through the Strip, but then the layout itself is not the most exciting, I think. An F1 car is a lot more fun with a lot of high-speed corners.”
Verstappen also made his feelings clear regarding his continued opposition to Liberty Media’s desire to turn Grands Prix into standalone shows and events, insisting that he will always voice his opinion if he opposes the direction in which the sport is heading.
“I mean, I guess they still make money if I like it or not, so it’s not up to me,” he explained. “But you know, I’m also not going to fake it, I just always voiced my opinion in positive things and negative things.
“And that’s just how I am. And some people like a show a bit more. I don’t like it at all, I grew up just looking at the performance side of things, and that’s how I see it as well. So for me, I like to be in Vegas, but not so much for racing.”