Verstappen not targeting more than a single F1 title win

In the round-up: Max Verstappen says he will feel he has “completed” Formula 1 if he wins the world championship this year.

In brief

Winning one title “the final goal” for Verstappen

Verstappen, who can clinch the championship at the next race in Saudi Arabia, said he doesn’t have ambitions beyond winning a single title.

“In F1, not so much, because that’s it, you have completed it,” he told the BBC. “And then it doesn’t really matter any more how many you win because you’ve already won one. And of course I would always try to win more. But that’s done. That’s the final goal. And I will, of course, work very hard to try and achieve that.”

However he doesn’t intend to move on from F1 after winning a single title. “After that there’s a lot less pressure. Of course, I will have a lot of fun driving, but then maybe slowly start thinking about other kind of stuff outside of Formula 1 to achieve.”

Detroit GP promoters reveal details of new track

Welcome race fans? A good sign…

The promoters of IndyCar’s Detroit round have revealed more details of the new downtown track the race will move to after its final event at the Belle Isle course next year. A 10-turn, 2.7-kilometre course will be laid out by the riverfront.

“Bringing this annual international event back to the streets of Detroit will help our businesses downtown, will shine a light on our beautiful riverfront with an inclusive summertime festival and it will open up new opportunities to engage and connect with our local neighbourhoods and communities,” said Detroit Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker.

Boschung extends Formula 2 stay

Ralph Boschung will race in Formula 2 for a sixth season next year, and exceed 100 starts in the junior series, after signing new deal to extend his stay at Campos.

He arrived in the series with Campos in 2017 but missed the final round, where his place was taken by Lando Norris. He reappeared with MP the following year but again didn’t complete the season, missing the final two double-headers.

Following a partial campaign with Trident in 2019, he reappeared at Campos for the 2020 season finale as a substitute for Jack Aitken, who was making his Formula 1 debut. Having returned with Campos this year he lies 12th in the championship on 40 with two triple-headers remaining.

“In my sabbatical year in 2020 it was basically the end of my racing career,” said Boschung on social media. “I’m very proud I managed to secure the funding to compete now my second full season in F2 and my second full season in racing since 2015. Thank you all for the support.”

Valuable lesson for Qatar promoter – Brawn

Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn says the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix will have been useful for the event’s promoter ahead of the series’ return to the country after next season.

The venue has not been included on the 2022 F1 calendar as the country is holding the FIFA football World Cup next year.

“The promoter did a fabulous job to put this event on and now has had a real insight into F1, which will be invaluable for when we return in two years’ time,” said Brawn. “This has been a perfect event for them to understand what they need to do for the long term.”

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