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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.

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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