Apr.8 - Top Formula 1 drivers have hit out at the sport's forthcoming return to China.

F1 hasn't been to Shanghai since the outbreak of the covid pandemic, but it is now the next stop on the bustling 2024 schedule.

And whilst not criticising China's return to the calendar, top stars - including triple world champion Max Verstappen - are upset that F1 authorities decided to make it one of the six 'sprint' format rounds this year.

"Yeah, it's very smart to do that," Verstappen said sarcastically after winning at Suzuka.

"When you've been away from a track for quite a while, I think you never know what you're going to experience. So it would have been better to have a normal race weekend there."

Indeed, the sprint weekend format gives drivers only a single hour of practice before qualifying begins.

"On the other hand," the Red Bull driver said, "it probably spices things up a bit more, and that's maybe what they would like to see. But purely from a performance perspective of the sport, I think it's not the smartest thing to do."

Teammate Sergio Perez agrees, noting that F1 is even exposing itself to risk in the event that Shanghai's first event in years doesn't hit trouble like "issues with the track, drain holes, things like that".

Ferrari's on-form Carlos Sainz says the issue has even been raised in the FIA drivers' briefing.

"We said to the FIA and Formula 1, with these kind of cars, to go to a track with one hour of practice and straight into qualifying, with the regulations that they give us, with the plank wear and things like this, I think it's not a good choice," said the Spaniard.

"Maybe for you guys at home it's exciting, but for engineers and drivers, we shouldn't take the risk in my opinion."

✅ Check out more posts with related topics:

3 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Stars Slam Shanghai Sprint: "Risking It All for Excitement"

  1. shroppyfly

    The best thing about the whole weekend , was Honor on her scooter nearly coming a cropper as she crashed into the red bull equipment on SP car, i swear her skirt rode up and we could see her knickers, lol but honestly it was on X and other sites, Embarrassing, Yep 100%

  2. Jere Jyrälä

    Even though the track itself isn't new by any means, having only a single practice session for its return from a four-season hiatus is definitely unideal for all participants, & even risky to an extent as validly pointed out.
    Having the standard weekend format for the Chinese GP this season & sprint format for or from next season would've been a wiser choice, but hopefully, everything works out okay.

  3. Cutting Corners

    On potential safety I'd agree.
    On gathering data so the GP would just be about proving their simulated runs, no.

    Less data Sim runs anywhere the better.

    Now for a global Faraday Cage and faulty data storage devices.

    I know we have no data but please just drive the car.


What's your F1 fan opinion?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please follow our commenting guidelines.