Why Does Max Verstappen Feel F1 Might Go The Nascar Way?

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen isn’t just the current defending world champion of the F1 world or a rather dominant one; he is clearly one of the most straightforward and non dramatic racers around. He is, if you like, a sort of rarity in that he’s as bold and honest about his views on racing off the grid as he is fast on it.

Mostly in a no non-sense mood, Max Verstappen has often reflected about the current set of rules with rich gusto and even held his own on the often polarising subject of penalising the F1 drivers; the sort of guy who wouldn’t be afraid of putting out his piece of mind for the FIA to read it.

And most recently, with the World championship in full wake of its mid-season break, Max Verstappen, or so it seems, has had racing on his mind; in a recent interaction, he made no bones about the fact that the sport in which he excels, one that is his lifeline may just go the NASCAR way if certain things weren’t addressed.

The safety concerns are affecting the sport to an extent that there could be a day where no racing takes place whatsoever in wet conditions, which are, of course, dangerous. Though, Verstappen feels, it is about time that F1 did something to address the issue and would remark the following:

“We went to the bigger tyres, that makes it worse because there is more displacement. The shape of the car… it’s so big so you have more spray. It is worse than it was in 2016 but it was also bad then. I remember the race in Brazil, where I was at the back after the pit stop, I couldn’t even see Fernando spinning off the track.”

Though that is not all; the current defending champion who has helped Red Bull win every race of the ongoing world championship alongside Sergio Perez had the following to add:

“The whole spray I kept it flat but I didn’t see anything, but from knowing where you’re going from all the other laps, you just keep it pinned. But if there would have been someone standing [still], you would have completely driven through. It’s bad, but it has been bad for a very long time so I don’t think there is a lot we can do about it.”

Furthermore, he would also add further on the perspective of rains and how they truly impact many a Formula 1 Grand Prix as seen this year (forget not that events like Imola were completely washed out whilst the race at Monaco was nearly entire affected by rains):

“Of course, certain accidents happen that have a bad outcome and then people naturally start to talk about it more. But if you look at it that way, you can’t really race in the rain any more because there will always be problems with visibility. That would a shame. Then it becomes like NASCAR, they don’t drive in the rain either.”

Max Verstappen
SPA, BELGIUM – JULY 29: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 on track during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on July 29, 2023 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202307310077 // Usage for editorial use only //

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