The Formula One world champion has in contrast this weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix to the fifth tier of English soccer, whereas suggesting followers simply wish to get “s***-faced”.
Max Verstappen will begin from second on the grid on Sunday after being outpaced by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc within the first Sin City race in 40 years.
He had earlier known as the race: “99% show, and 1% sport”.
Formula One billed this weekend’s road circuit occasion as the best present on Earth, however as an alternative it has been plagued with delays and low turnouts.
On Friday, crowds noticed simply eight minutes of racing throughout follow, after a unfastened manhole cowl tore a gap in Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari.
The session resumed at 4am native time, surrounded by empty grandstands.
On Saturday, officers predicted 100,000 followers would line the Las Vegas streets, however solely 70,000 turned as much as watch qualifying, which started at midnight native time.
Speaking after Saturday’s qualifying, Verstappen mentioned: “Monaco is Champions League and this is National League.”
“I really feel just like the present is vital, however I like emotion. When I used to be a bit of child, it was all in regards to the emotion of the game that I fell in love with and never the present. As an actual racer, the present should not matter.
“An F1 car does not come alive on a street circuit. It is not that exciting. It is about proper racetracks. And when you go to Monza and Spa, these kinds of places have a lot of emotion and passion, and for me seeing the fans there is incredible.
“When I soar within the automobile, I’m fired up. I like driving at these form of locations.”
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He continued: “I understand fans need things to do around the track, but it is more important that they understand what we do as a sport. Most of them just come to have a party, drink, see a DJ, or a performance act.
“I can try this everywhere in the world. I can go to Ibiza and get fully s***-faced and have an excellent time. People come right here, however they develop into a fan of what?
“They want to see maybe their favourite artist and have a few drinks with their mates, and then go out and have a crazy night.
“But they do not perceive what we’re doing, they usually do not perceive what we’re placing on the road to carry out.”
The three-time world champion said he was made to feel like a “clown” during the opening ceremony-style event on Wednesday, where the drivers were introduced on an elevating platform.
He added: “As a little kid, I grew up wanting to become a world champion. More time should be invested into the actual sport, and what we are trying to achieve.
“The sport ought to clarify what the crew has carried out all through the season, and what they’re working for. That’s far more vital than having these random reveals everywhere. I’m not enthusiastic about that. I like ardour and emotion.
“I love Vegas, but not to drive an F1 car. I love to go out, have a few drinks, throw everything on red and be crazy, but emotion and passion is not there compared to the old-school tracks.”