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Verstappen: 24 GPs per season too many for me

max verstappen Verstappen: 24 GPs per season too many for me

Soon-to-be triple Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen cast further doubt on how long he’ll stay in the sport, bemoaning the expansion of the calendar to a record 24 races was “definitely not helping.”

The 25-year-old Dutch driver’s Mercedes rival George Russell laughed that off, however, suggesting the threat of retirement might be just part a negotiating position for an even more lucrative contract.

F1 published a 24-race calendar for 2024 on Wednesday running from early March to December and ending with two triple-headers — three races on successive weekends.


“It is too many for me, but we just have to deal with it,” Verstappen told reporters on Thursday ahead of the British Grand Prix where he is chasing a record-equalling 11th win in a row for his team.

“I think it is a bit more logical the way it’s planned at least, I guess that’s better for everyone,” Verstappen said of the distribution of races. “More things have to come together for me to make my mind up if I stay longer or not.”

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“All these things are definitely not helping, for sure,” added Verstappen who has also criticised the sprint format and F1 engine regulations for 2026.

The Dutch ace, who has a contract to the end of 2028 with RBRand has already started 172 grands prix since his 2015 debut, has an 81-point lead over Mexican teammate Sergio Perez in the championship after nine races. He has won seven including the last five.

Russell, the last non-Red Bull driver to win a race with victory in Brazil last November, joked that Verstappen was “whinging because he wants more money.

The Mercedes driver added: “He is the highest paid on this grid and rightly so for what he is achieving but I think it is all a big tactic, his threat of retirement I hope he doesn’t. I hope he stays for as long as I stay because I want to fight against the best drivers in the world.”

Verstappen is reportedly on an annual salary said to be worth $55-million with Red Bull, a tidy sum for a 25-year-old who is said to be worth, by various authoritative sites, $210-million at this stage of his career on the top flight. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)