- World champion describes circuit as ‘National League’ level
- Verstappen third on grid behind Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz
Max Verstappen has intensified his criticism of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, deriding the circuit as “National League” in comparison to the “Champions League” quality of Monaco. The world champion also repeated his complaint that Formula One was focusing too much on presenting a show rather than emphasising the sport.
In the buildup to the meeting in Las Vegas, the first time F1 has raced here since 1982, Verstappen derided it as “99% show, 1% sporting event” and after qualifying in third behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz on Saturday he was once more highly critical of the circuit and F1’s efforts to sell their showcase event to the US audience.