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Verstappen raises concern about future aspect of F1

With several new and returning races set to appear on the Formula 1 calendar in the next couple of years, it seems inevitable that some existing Grands Prix will lose their places. Max Verstappen is keen to ensure that certain events remain on the schedule.

World Champion Max Verstappen has cast doubt over whether F1's current push towards street circuits in glamorous locations is a good idea. The 2022 Formula 1 season is set to feature a record-breaking 23 races, with the schedule also including the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in May. In 2023, the introduction of an event in Las Vegas, as well as returning Grands Prix in Qatar and China, suggests that there will continue to be new venues added to the calendar. However, this also means that there is an increased likelihood of some established Grands Prix being dropped from the line-up to make room, with races in France, Belgium and even Monaco thought to be under threat from an expanding calendar.

Verstappen voices his F1 calendar concerns

It is something that comes as a concern to Verstappen. "Of course [F1] has to make money and try to make the sport more popular, but it's also important that the right tracks stay on the calendar and that we don't just race at street circuits in cities," Verstappen told Dutch newpaper De Telegraaf . "In the end, these cars are not made for that."

Verstappen understands different needs of F1

Verstappen has discussed this aspect of the sport's future direction with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, and admits that he can understand Domenicali's desire to expand Formula 1 into different territories. "He understands that [the cars may not be made for that] too, but he has to take into account his shareholders," the Red Bull driver said. "It won't be like it used to be. Entertainment will be more important, but that's just the world today."

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