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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
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Why Verstappen 'quit threat' over F1 sprints isn't rooted in reality

OPINION: Reports during the Australian Grand Prix positioned Max Verstappen as threatening to quit Formula 1 over proposed changes to sprint races – a concept he doesn’t like. But, while that is long established, would he really actually walk away from his position at the top of grand prix racing or was something else at play?

It had been a great start to race day at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. The walk from the modest St Kilda hotel had been hot and sunny – the two cooler, blustery Melbourne days just gone sizzled into mere memory.

There was the fallout from the tear-up of two Ford Mustangs bursting into shocking fireballs in the Supercars support races to hear about from our correspondent Andrew van Leeuwen ahead of that championship's third Albert Park race. Plus, the prospect of two Mercedes drivers sending very Max Verstappen-like moves at the world champion at the start of the upcoming grand prix.

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