Max Verstappen has dominated and has been deemed as a “once in a generation” driver. His expertise and excellence in the sport have been proven time and time again. As the sport slowly creeps into the US and promotions grab everyone’s interest, it is tough to say it will stay that way for too long.
Verstappen’s dominance has been a fun ride. However, multiple drivers and team principals have talked about the sport becoming boring. As Red Bull wins every single race, it is only natural people may not enjoy watching something so repetitive.
When talking at an event hosted by investment company Goldman Sachs, CEO of Liberty Media and quoted by Autosport, Greg Maffei said, “He’s driving what seems to be the fastest car and he’s driving it very well. If you look at the lines he’s taking, how aggressive those lines are, but how well he’s able to navigate them. It is truly stunning. And you can see statistically why he is faster than anybody else.”
Although he only had praises for the champion, he talked about the viewership to be a little tough. He said, “I think you need to look at the overall interest in the sport,”
“Viewership is a little tough.”
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Although he mentioned the sport has been in demand after its mainstream promotion in the US, the viewership can still be affected. According to Maffei, every person signs in and anticipates a show for a race. However, when the race becomes repetitive, the viewership can be tough to maintain. Maffei believes that the sport, even with viewership complications, has gained multiple followers and piqued the interests of many.
Max Verstappen Likely to Win the 2023 F1 Title at This Grand Prix
Max Verstappen won 15 races last season alone. However, this season, he has shined his brilliance brighter before putting it back in the showcase. The 2023 season saw Bulls battling but it soon became a Verstappen edition of Formula 1. The Dutchman kept on winning race after race until he made history. While he prepares for the race in Singapore, there’s a lot more at stake. Sergio Perez has been a struggling competitor to Max. Although he has won a few races and podiums, his overall performances have dimmed.
THE RECORD. IS. BROKEN
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And while Perez has to catch up to Verstappen, the two-time champion has other challenges to face. If the Dutchman wins the races at Suzuka in Japan and Marina Bay in Singapore, the Red Bull star will receive his third title in Japan itself.
However, for that to happen Perez may have to sacrifice winning podiums or races completely. If Perez wins as runner-up or any race by then, the title will remain to be evaluated. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that Verstappen has won 10 consecutive races so far.
As the Singapore Grand Prix peeks from the corner, the Bulls get ready to battle each other. Although Perez seemed uncomfortable with the car, it seems the Mexican has reinvented himself after the summer break. With a good result comparatively, after the break, the driver has suited up to challenge his teammate.