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Max Verstappen

Verstappen questioning F1 future: 'Is this still worth it?'

The Dutchman is dominating the 2023 season, but still has concerns about several aspects of F1.

Max Verstappen has once again expressed his concerns about the direction Formula 1 is heading in.

Verstappen may be dominating the 2023 F1 season, but the Dutchman has previously issued his displeasure with certain aspects of the sport's administration, including the Sprint race format and the ever-increasing race calendar.

Discussing the issue with De Telegraaf, Verstappen added that his concerns had led him to question whether it was still worth competing in the sport.

"I am concerned about the sport that I have always loved. I still like it, but only to a certain extent," said Verstappen.

"It's not that I'm completely against change, as is sometimes said. But they must be adjustments that benefit Formula 1.

"Why do you have to change certain things when things are going well? I think a traditional Qualifying session is well set up in that form. It shouldn't just be about money."

Is Verstappen's motivation dimming?

Verstappen is the highest-paid driver on the F1 grid, earning an estimated 60 million U.S. dollars per year, but added that money was less important to him than experience of being a driver.

"People may think: 'He earns a lot of money, what is he complaining about?', said Verstappen.

"But it's about well-being, how you experience things and not how much you earn. Sometimes I think I have to do too many things, and I sometimes think: 'Is this still worth it?'"

"For example, I spend more than a month a year on marketing activities. At a certain point, you don't feel like doing it anymore."

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