The Las Vegas Grand Prix made a triumphant return to the famous Strip on Wednesday night, marking a historic moment in the world of Formula 1. The grand opening ceremony was a dazzling affair that left fans in awe, as the drivers were introduced amidst a spectacle of lights and entertainment. However, amidst all the excitement, one prominent driver, Max Verstappen, seemed to wear a stern expression, making it clear that he was there for the race, not just for the show.
The Return of Formula 1 to the Strip
Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas after four long decades was nothing short of spectacular. The owners of the sport pulled out all the stops to ensure that this event would be etched in the memories of racing enthusiasts for years to come. The Las Vegas Grand Prix was not just about racing; it was a celebration of speed, skill, and entertainment.
A Star-Studded Extravaganza
The grand opening ceremony was a true testament to the commitment of Formula 1’s organizers. The Las Vegas Strip was transformed into a dazzling playground of lights and music. The evening’s festivities were graced by performances from some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Their electrifying performances added an extra layer of excitement to the event, setting the stage for the upcoming races.
Max Verstappen’s Reaction
While the majority of the drivers embraced the festivities with enthusiasm, Max Verstappen, known for his no-nonsense approach to racing, appeared less than thrilled with the opening event. His focus remained firmly on the race ahead, a clear indication that he was there to compete at the highest level of motorsport. Verstappen’s dedication to racing was evident, and fans can expect nothing less than a fierce battle on the track as he vies for victory in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix’s grand opening ceremony was a spectacular affair that showcased the perfect blend of motorsport and entertainment. With Formula 1 making a triumphant return to the Strip after four decades, fans can look forward to an exhilarating race weekend filled with speed, adrenaline, and drama. While Max Verstappen’s serious demeanor may have contrasted with the festivities, it only serves to underline the intensity of competition that awaits on the iconic Las Vegas circuit.
Meanwhile, Formula 1 drivers were greeted with a spectacular light show, a fitting Vegas-style welcome. However, the extravagant display left Verstappen unimpressed, and he expressed his sentiments as follows:
“For me, you can skip this.
“We are just standing up there, looking like a clown. I mean, yeah…”
When inquired about whether he would address his dissatisfaction with the Formula 1 management, he responded, according to ESPN:
“I don’t know, I guess they still make money if I like it or not, so it’s not up to me!
“But I’m also not going to fake it, I just always voice my opinion on positive things and negative things. That’s just how I am.
“Some people like the show a bit more, I don’t like it at all. I grew up just looking at the performance side of things and that’s how I see it as well. So for me, I like to be in Vegas, but not so much for racing.
“We are not a stakeholder, so we just go with it. They decide what they do, right?
“I would do the same if I was the owner, I wouldn’t listen to the drivers. It’s my sport, I would do with it what I want if that would be the case.”
Moreover, Verstappen appears to have reservations about the track’s layout. Despite its 17 corners and an impressive nearly 2-kilometer-long straight stretch along the Strip, he remains uncertain whether the street race will deliver the excitement fans anticipate. He elaborated:
“There’s not many corners to be honest… I don’t know.
“It also will depend a bit probably on how grippy it is. Doesn’t look like it has a lot of grip, but we’ll go with the flow.
“I don’t think it’s that exciting, that’s the only thing. I think already for me a street circuit is not that exciting, especially with these new cars, they are just too heavy.
“When you have low grip that doesn’t help. The scenery will look great, driving through the Strip, but the layout itself is not the most exciting.
“Driving an F1 car is a lot more fun with a lot of high-speed corners, but around here there is not many high-speed corners.”