Formula 1 is becoming more popular in the United States with a third Grand Prix planned for 2023, but drivers like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Fernando Alonso aren’t fans of the attention surrounding them and the sport, as they prefer to focus on racing.
‣ Formula 1 heading back to America, specifically Las Vegas
‣ F1 has been trying to become more popular in the US, with three Grands Prix in 2023
‣ Drivers, including Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Fernando Alonso, are focused on racing and not the “show” of F1
‣ Drivers, like Norris, don’t see “Drive to Survive” as a reliable or honest source of F1 coverage
Formula 1 is heading back to America shortly after the Brazilian Grand Prix, but drivers seem to be growing tired of all the surrounding drama. Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso voiced their feelings about all the commotion after the race.
The Liberty Media takeover has made F1 more popular in the United States. With three Grands Prix in 2023, they aim to succeed. Drive to Survive, in particular, has played an important role. However, the drivers are not big fans of it. Verstappen once again captured the spotlight when asked about his focus on racing: “SIIIII,” Max shouted out in the press conference room, “I’m probably a bit more old-school in that I wish social media never existed. Freedom of speech, right?”
Verstappen and Alonso jokingly discussed Drive to Survive with Verstappen asking if Alonso drives to survive. Alonso said, “I’m very focused on the racing and not on the show. I never saw any of this Drive to Survive, even season one or whatever, I never saw any of it.” Alonso added, “We are there to race. Even sometimes, the parade laps or presentations or things like that, they are not always in our dream preparation before the race. So we try to balance. We know this is important for the sport, but the outside package is sometimes a bit too much.”
Lando Norris seems unimpressed with the show as well. “It’s nice when they make you look good, but then sometimes they also make you look bad. You know the real truth at the end of the day. So it’s still a show, it’s to entertain people. It’s not there to provide the most honest things about everything,” Norris concluded. The drivers’ sentiments echo a sentiment of exhaustion with all the fuss surrounding the sport. They are ready to focus on what they love – racing.