Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc unite as Red Bull star hits out at Imola schedule

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MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc have united in opposition to F1 bosses over its dash race format.

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Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and a number of drivers have referred to as upon F1 to vary the dash weekend format. Imola will host F1’s first dash race of the 2022 season with qualifying happening on Friday afternoon.

The race outcomes on Saturday then set the grid for Sunday’s race that means any incidents or crashes can spoil a weekend. The pair have each claimed they aren’t a fan of the present race format with Leclerc calling for a standalone race with much less jeopardy.

The drivers have additionally attacked the weekend format which sees drivers pressured to the observe on Thursdays for media actions.

Verstappen stated: “Personally I am not a fan of the dash however it’s what it’s… some prefer it some do not. I feel it is extra how we’re doing the press convention and the media actions, I feel it was higher earlier than.”

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc unite as Red Bull star hits out at Imola schedule

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are united for dash race weekend adjustments (Picture: Getty)

He added: “Coming in early will not be an issue however your complete day is longer, going to extra races you want to have a shorter weekend. However really now with extra races we are actually having longer weekends, extra days we’re on the observe doing stuff in order that undoubtedly wants to vary.”

Leclerc mimicked Verstappen’s feedback, claiming F1 may do “one thing higher” with the dash races.

He stated: “On the format, I fairly just like the Friday to be sincere simply because a standard Friday is often fairly boring now we have FP1, FP2, FP3, plenty of apply.

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc unite as Red Bull star hits out at Imola schedule

The drivers have been united concerning the weekend adjustments (Picture: Getty)

“Now it is straight to the purpose so I fairly like this. Then for the Saturday, I imagine we may perhaps do one thing higher, both having a standout race which doesn’t have an effect on Sunday’s race to have a bit extra motion on the Saturday and folks taking extra dangers.”

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz added: “I agree with Charles on the dash concept, it is one thing we’re discussing with FOM and FIA to attempt to boost a bit the dash weekends. I agree with Max we’re going in direction of extra variety of races however for some cause that perhaps we did not anticipate this 12 months each Thursday and Friday have change into rather a lot longer for the drivers.”

Sebastian Vettel additionally weighed into the argument, claiming F1 wanted to discover a “higher manner” to organise its dash weekends.


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