Verstappen supports end of Formula 1's 'sprint race' idea

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Max Verstappen has backed Formula 1's retention of the existing knockout qualifying format for 2020 and beyond.

At a decisive meeting last week to discuss the 2021 rules, the teams reportedly rejected Ross Brawn's proposal to run a three-event test of the qualifying 'sprint race' idea for 2020.

'Keep the sport intact'

"I don't know what they want to achieve with that. It's unnecessary. If there is an exciting 90-minute race on Sunday already, there is nothing wrong," Dutchman Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

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"You should only think about a qualifying race like that if it's not exciting already. But what us drivers do not want is that we become only a show and the sport goes away.

"The bosses must be careful to keep the sport intact," the Red Bull driver added.

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