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Max Verstappen

Verstappen urges F1 to 'scrap the whole thing' after fiery Sprint

A clearly irked two-time World Champion hopes the Sprint format will be halted moving forward after a dramatic event in Baku.

Vertappen Baku 2023
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Max Verstappen has demanded F1 'scraps' the Sprint format after a tumultuous 17-lap event at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Dutchman was involved in a lap one skirmish with George Russell that left his Red Bull with damage to the sidepod, leading to a furious team radio exchange and expletive-laden clash with the Mercedes driver in parc fermé.

The irritation comes at the end of an alternatively scheduled day that saw drivers tackle a second, shortened qualifying session ahead of the 100km sprint - a format Verstappen has spoken out against previously.

But already irked by Russell's robust attack, the two-time World Champion was less than pleased with the weekend format.

"Just scrap the whole thing," Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think it is important to go back to what we already have and make sure that every team can fight for a win, that is what we have to try and aim for [instead of] trying to implement all the kind of artificial excitement.

"I got bored during qualifying today, to be honest. I like to have one particular qualifying where you put everything in it and that was yesterday, which I of course enjoyed, but then I was like 'my god, another qualifying'. I just don't really enjoy that."

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