Verstappen has repeatedly voiced his concerns over F1’s growing calendar, which will peak at 24 races next year and involve nearly 200,000 miles of air travel despite modest efforts to reduce its footprint.
The F1 season will begin with two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, setting a new record. Afterward, there will be four separate events in Australia, Japan, China, and Miami, as well as two sets of three consecutive races later in the year.
Additionally, F1 has included a maximum of six sprint races each season, increasing the workload for the team members.
During an interview with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Verstappen expresses doubts about the value of staying involved in F1 due to its constant pursuit of expansion.
Verstappen expressed concern about the sport he has always found pleasure in. He acknowledged that although he still enjoys it, his enthusiasm is now limited.
I am not completely opposed to change, as some individuals suggest. However, those modifications must be advantageous for Formula 1.
“Why must you alter circumstances when they are progressing positively? I believe a conventional qualifying session is an excellent structure; it should not solely be centered on financial aspects.”
“People may perceive: ‘Oh, he earns a significant amount of money, why is he expressing dissatisfaction?’ However, it pertains to your overall welfare, the way you perceive experiences, rather than solely focusing on your income.”
I often find myself overwhelmed with tasks and neglecting activities that bring me joy. This occasionally leads me to question if it is still worth the effort.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19
Photo by: Erik Junius
Verstappen expresses that his concerns about the toll F1 takes on individuals are not solely focused on the quantity of races, but also encompass the numerous additional off-track obligations that accompany the profession. He claims that Red Bull’s extensive marketing endeavors consume a significant amount of his time, equivalent to approximately one month each year.
“He clarified that the main issue isn’t the act of traveling itself, but rather the additional tasks and responsibilities that come along with it.”
On race weekends, Thursdays can feel incredibly lengthy, depending on our location. Apart from the actual grands prix, there is a significant amount of simulator work to be done.
For instance, I waste more than a month each year on marketing activities. Eventually, there comes a point when you no longer have the motivation to continue with all of that.
If Red Bull fails to meet the new regulation cycle in 2026, the Dutchman stated that it would require extremely unfavorable circumstances for him to leave F1 before his current 2028 agreement expires.
I anticipate that our team will not experience a significant decline due to the presence of talented individuals. However, in this particular sport, there is always a chance that we may not be as competitive.
“It depends on what the prospects are, but yeah, I don’t see myself touring in the midfield for three years. Then I’d rather stay at home or go do something else. But again, I don’t expect that to happen.”