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Verstappen on why street circuits have become 'the worst experience'

Max Verstappen has explained why he is against F1's growing trend of adding more street circuits to the calendar.

Max Verstappen has detailed why he believes street circuits have become "the worst experience" and is against F1 prioritising new street circuit locations. The expansion of the F1 calendar has brought new venues onto the schedule, with street circuits in Miami and Saudi Arabia joining in recent years. The sport has faced a delicate challenge in implementing new circuit locations, with threats of losing classic F1 venues proving to be a hot topic among drivers and fans. Red Bull's Verstappen was asked which circuit he would like to permanently stay on the calendar and, when quizzed specifically about Monaco, the Dutchman expressed his dissatisfaction at driving on street circuits in 2022 F1 cars. "It is very tricky, especially in [Monaco] qualifying when you go to the limit, it's really tough to nail a lap," Verstappen told Viaplay . "I'm personally more about high-speed corners, for me Spa 100% [should never leave the calendar], because that's really where you can make a big difference as a driver. "Now with the new cars, driving on a street circuit is the worst experience ever. It's just because they're way too heavy, too stiff. "I was driving in Singapore - and I love Singapore, it's a really amazing track - and I was really disappointed just with the how the cars are behaving, compared to like 2015, 2016 where it's a little bit more agile and you can ride the kerbs. "Now the cars are so stiff [that] as soon as you touch the kerb you almost end up on the other side of the track."

Verstappen unenthused by Las Vegas addition

The latest event to be added to the F1 schedule is the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will make its debut in 2023. When asked about the Las Vegas street circuit and the recent calendar expansion, Verstappen said his preference was for 'old school' circuits. "I'd prefer to go to Vegas in a different circumstances," joked Verstappen. "We're getting more and more street circuits, which I don't enjoy with a Formula One car, they're not designed to drive on the street track. A Formula One car comes alive on proper high-speed corners. "I understand [having] a few street circuits a year, but not too many. "It's better to have the old school tracks, like Suzuka, a qualifying lap around there is so much more fun than random street circuits."

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