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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc disagrees with Verstappen over Las Vegas spectacle

Max Verstappen was critical of the pre-weekend ceremonies in Las Vegas but Charles Leclerc believes that the show can be a positive for the sport.

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Charles Leclerc has admitted he doesn't share Max Verstappen's criticism over the show-like atmosphere surrounding the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

On the build-up to the race weekend, an opening ceremony was held in which the drivers were presented to fans on platforms after a musical event by several artists.

Verstappen took issue with the pre-weekend formality, stating that he felt like a “clown” throughout the event.

F1 has been heavily marketing its Las Vegas race due to the famous night-life the city holds, with this weekend's Grand Prix set to take place on Saturday night.

While Verstappen is not a fan of the festivities, Leclerc has pointed out that such displays can help bring new fans to the sport.

"It's a lot, but I think if you don't do that here, you don't do that anywhere," Leclerc told media including RacingNews365.

"I mean, what's most important to me is that the DNA of the sport remains the same.

"However, we need to also take opportunities of these kinds of events in such incredible cities, and make something around it that will maybe attract people that are not interested in racing at first, but then once they get the see the cars in real life then they get interested in racing.

"This could be potentially many more fans for the sport in the years to come. So I think it's great, what F1 has done until now."

Leclerc urges F1 to tackle ticket prices

On the build-up to the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the cost of tickets was criticised as many fans were priced out of attending the race.

The pre-weekend ceremony also saw a number of unattended seats in the grandstands with tickets for the weekend still on sale on the eve of the Grand Prix event.

With many fans unable to attend due to the cost, Leclerc has urged F1 to ensure that people aren't missing out on experiencing the sport over high prices.

"That is a really, really good point," he added. "I hope that Formula 1 is working around that.

"There's been many events now that are just incredibly expensive, and fans, real fans that really love the sport, can't even afford to get to the races and actually watch the races.

"So this is definitely an issue that has to be tackled."

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