Max on weekend format: ‘It definitely needs to change’

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Max on weekend format: ‘It definitely needs to change’

Max Verstappen has mentioned the F1 weekend format “positively wants to vary” after alterations this season which have been presupposed to make it much less time-consuming for the drivers and workers.

With an ever-expanding calendar, System 1 bosses switched up the weekend format this season in the concept that it will give extra day off for drivers and the groups’ workers.

The standard four-day weekend was shrunk to a few days with the drivers’ press conferences happening earlier than the primary apply session on Friday as a substitute of Thursday.

Nevertheless, with drivers persevering with to do non-FIA media occasions on the Thursday, the adjustments have had their critics together with present World Champion Max Verstappen.

The Purple Bull driver described the supposed relaxation day of Thursdays as “very lengthy” and mentioned the truth is, it has not modified a lot for the drivers.

“It’s about how we’re doing the press conferences and the media actions,” he mentioned as reported by throughout final weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

“I feel it was higher earlier than as a result of now, our Thursday could be very lengthy, which formally just isn’t actually a day anymore however really, for us, is similar – or much more on a Thursday, and much more now on a Friday whenever you are available in early.

“Coming in early just isn’t an issue, however your complete day is longer, so with going to extra races, you want to have a shorter weekend.

“However really now, with extra races, we’re additionally having longer weekends, or not less than extra days that we’re on the monitor and doing stuff, in order that positively wants to vary.”

Verstappen took specific problem with the way in which TV interviews are carried out. With the written press, all of them sit in a bunch and ask questions on the identical time however with TV, it’s accomplished individually that means drivers will typically reply the identical query a number of occasions in a brief time period.

When requested for the way we’d change the media duties, Verstappen highlighted this.

“We do that [press conference], then we go outdoors, then we have now to talk to all the person media,” he mentioned.

“However all of them ask the identical questions, and also you’re mainly repeating your self six or seven occasions! You attempt, in fact, to maintain it fascinating, to attempt to phrase it differently, however, on the finish of the day, you say the identical factor, proper?”

Verstappen steered grouping the interviews to ensure that them to not flip stale.

“After they have a press convention, there are plenty of mics simply introduced collectively and, as a substitute of giving the broadcasters two questions every, all of them have, mainly, no matter, six, eight, 10 questions, simply in a single go, they usually can all broadcast it,” he mentioned.

“I feel that’s additionally far more environment friendly and nicer for everybody. It doesn’t matter when you have 20 mics lined up all from completely different firms. You get much more out of the drivers.

“We already know that, if we depart right here, we have now to go outdoors and we have now to repeat ourselves not less than six to eight occasions.

“If you begin, it’s thrilling – the primary two [interviews],

“[Then], whenever you proceed to the opposite ones, it’s going to be boring. It’s not good for them, it’s not good for us, so I feel we could be a lot extra environment friendly with that.”



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