After more than a four-decade wait, the highly anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix will finally make its debut in Las Vegas this week.
However, reigning three-time Formula One champion Max Verstappen seems less than pleased about the extravagance surrounding the event. Verstappen described the upcoming race as something that is “99% show and 1% sporting event.”
He also said he felt like “a clown” when he stood on stage during the opening ceremony.
Multiple notable music artists performed during a ceremony Wednesday night. Despite the Formula One president’s request that all drivers attend the VIP party in Las Vegas, Verstappen was a no-show.
“I just like to always focus on the performance side of things. I don’t like all the things around it, anyway. I know, of course, in some places they are part of it, but let’s say it’s not in my interest,” the Red Bull driver said.
“I’m looking forward to try to do the best I can, but I’m not looking forward to (the show).”
This weekend’s race on the famous Las Vegas Strip is F1’s first attempt at promoting its own grand prix.