MAX VERSTAPPEN has slammed the Las Vegas Grand Prix – saying it is "99 percent show and one percent sporting event".
The F1 world champion added that F1's pre-race razzmatazz left him looking "like a clown".
The Red Bull ace along with several other drivers criticised the inaugural race – saying the gruelling schedule and the night-time timings have left them shattered.
When quizzed about the race, which has cost F1 owners Liberty Media over $500million to put on, Verstappen said: "It is 99 percent show and one percent sporting event.
"I just want to always focus on the performance side of things, I don't like all the things around it anyway, I know in some places they are part of it but let's say it's not in my interest.
"[The track is] not very interesting. Just not many corners, to be honest. It will also depend quite a bit on how grippy it is. This is not really my thing."
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F1 have been busting a gut to promote their showpiece with a special launch event with a number of singers performing including Kylie Minogue and John Legend.
The drivers were all thrust up upon the stage too before sheepishly waving to half-empty grandstands.
Verstappen added: "For me you can all skip these things. It's not about the singer, it's just standing up there, you look like a clown."
This race comes off the back of a triple header across three continents – and put as a back-to-back race with Abu Dhabi, some 26 hours of flying away – has played havoc with jet-lag.
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