Sprint Pole qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during Sprint Qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 03, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 News: Verstappen dominance a concern, Canada boss warns

(GMM) Max Verstappen’s dominance of Formula 1 at the moment is “a bit dangerous” for the sport. That’s the concern of Francois Dumontier, the promoter of the annual Canadian GP in Montreal.

McLaren’s Lando Norris may have won in Miami, but even during that same race weekend, triple consecutive world champion Verstappen won the sprint race as well as both qualifying sessions.

“In the long term, for the average racing fan, there is a disinterest coming in now unless you are a die-hard Verstappen fan,” Dumontier told Le Journal de Montreal on a visit to the Miami GP.

“How many fans are now saying they watched the start and then went to mow the lawn before returning to the television for the end of the race?” he added.

“For the sport, that’s a bit dangerous.”

Francois Dumontier

However, Dumontier insisted that even with the current predictability, the Canadian GP continues to thrive.

“We have good crowds and good fans of Formula 1 and its teams,” he said. “Even in years when no Canadian drivers raced in F1, the grand prix remained popular.”

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