‘Online racing will never replace Formula 1’

Mark Scott

Robert Kubica doesn't understand "boring" race criticism.

While the popularity of Esports continues to rise, Robert Kubica doesn’t feel it will ever be a true match to actual Formula 1 itself.

The Virtual Grand Prix has been taking centre stage in recent weeks as lockdown measures remain in place across the globe and has attracted a number of Formula 1 drivers to take part in the process.

But, yhe Alfa Romeo reserve and development driver thinks that esports racing in general will never climb to the same great heights as actual Formula 1 racing.

“The virtual competitions are at a very high level and can fill the time waiting for the world to move again, but it will not replace reality,” Kubica is quoted as having told Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy.

“If it did, we would already have other world champions.

“The people who race simulator games are specialists who train for several hours a day for many years, so there is no chance to race with them.

“But racing in a seat at home has nothing to do with real driving. It’s fun but to say that online racing and esports can replace a true Formula 1 championship is silly.”

As for whether Kubica will join any online racing series himself, he would rather retain the relaxing element he gets from simulator work rather than put himself in race mode again.

“No driver who enters a session cannot relax at the same time,” he added.

“I may do it from time to time, but I hope to do it as little as possible because that would mean I have returned to real racing.”

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