Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing reacts in the team's garage during the third practise session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 September 2017. The 2017 Formula One Grand Prix of Malaysia will be held on 01 October. EPA-EFE Photo

SEPANG: Dutch prodigy Max Verstappen has made it clear that he is against expanding the Formula One season to 24 races or more next year, dubbing it as a divorce waiting to happen.

Verstappen said such a packed schedule and the travelling involves would take a heavy toll on the personal lives of all those involved in F1.

"I think 21 is more than enough, its already quite a lot," said Verstappen.

"Racing is one part but you also have your private life away from racing. (I may be young) but I still have family and friends but you don't see them a lot.

"It is not just about the drivers it is also about the mechanics, if you are going to have 24 or 25 races in a season I think it is better to get a divorce straight away."

The F1 season had been expanded to 21 races since 2016 and will remain the same next year. There, however, have been plans to eventually increase it to 25 races since new owners Liberty Media took the reins.

Verstappen, who turned 20 today, qualified in third at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix. - Additional reporting by Saiful Affendy Sapran

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