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Verstappen's Insider Tip: Ibiza Takes the Crown for F1 Celebrations, Outshining Vegas Party Scene!

LAS VEGAS, Nov 18 (Reuters) — In the dazzling city of Las Vegas, where the lights never dim and the party never stops, Max Verstappen, the triple Formula One world champion from Red Bull, has a bold piece of advice for those seeking a true racing spectacle: head to Ibiza, not Vegas.

As the bustling metropolis prepared for a thrilling Formula One race, Verstappen couldn't help but express his disappointment with the lack of fervent and knowledgeable motor racing enthusiasts in the Nevada desert. Despite the abundance of opportunities to drink, gamble, and catch a show on the iconic Strip, Verstappen emphasized that Formula One is not just another act; it's a serious sport that demands genuine passion and understanding.

"Of course, I understand the fans. They need something to do as well around a track," conceded Verstappen. "But I think it is more important to actually make them understand what we do as a sport. Most of them just come to have a party, drink, see a DJ play, or watch a performance act. I can do that all over the world, go to Ibiza, and get really shit-faced, but that's what happens."

Verstappen's frustration stems from the perception that many attendees view Formula One as mere entertainment rather than a high-stakes competition where drivers put everything on the line. In his view, the disconnect between the spectacle of the Las Vegas race and the essence of motorsport is palpable.

"They don't actually understand what we are doing or what we are putting on the line," Verstappen asserted.

Throughout his time in Sin City for the much-hyped race, Verstappen has been vocal about his disdain for the showbiz promotion surrounding the event, reiterating that, above all, he is a racing driver. While the allure of Las Vegas fails to captivate the 26-year-old, it's the traditional racetracks like Spa and Monza that ignite his passion for the sport.

Verstappen's sentiment is clear: until the attendees at the Las Vegas race grasp the essence of Formula One and the dedication it demands, the sport will remain a warm-up act for the myriad other performances on the Strip. A win on Saturday would not only extend Verstappen's single-season record to 18 victories but also elevate his career total to 53, placing him joint third on the all-time list, behind only Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91).

"For me, when I was a little kid, it was about the emotion of the sport; it's what I fell in love with and not the show," reflected Verstappen. "As a real racer, the show shouldn't really matter. When you go to Spa, these kinds of places, they have a lot of emotion and passion, and for me, seeing the fans there is incredible. When I jump in the car there, I am fired up, and I enjoy driving around these kinds of places."

Las Vegas, however, fails to evoke the same enthusiasm, no matter how hard Verstappen tries to convey otherwise.

"I love Vegas; I love to go out, have a few drinks, throw everything on red, have some nice food. But the emotion, passion, it's not there like some old-school tracks," concluded Verstappen.

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