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Verstappen makes exit threat if F1 makes too many format changes

The Red Bull driver has made it clear that he prefers the 'classic' Grand Prix weekend format.

Max Verstappen claims he could leave Formula 1 if there are too many changes to the weekend format. Changes are being considered to improve the amount of 'meaningful' running on track, with the upcoming sprint race weekend in Azerbaijan being the target of a new qualifying format. While the Red Bull driver is contracted until 2028 with the team, Verstappen says he prefers the current 'classic' Grand Prix format and could leave if there are too many revisions of the format. “I’m happy with just the main race. I think that’s way better for the excitement,” he told Sport TV . “I naturally, of course, hope that there won’t be too many changes otherwise I won’t be around for too long." Verstappen has been a critic of the sprint format in the past, which underwent a rule change in 2022 to award the driver who tops the qualifying session on Friday with pole position - despite the fact that they might not start from pole during the Grand Prix (depending on their sprint race finishing position). No final decision has been taken on the planned changes for Baku, however there is a clear desire from team bosses to make the Grand Prix weekend more dynamic .

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