Verstappen P2 in Porsche Supercup Esports event

Date published: May 10 2020

Max Verstappen quirky

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen secured a P2 finish in the second round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.

Racing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen qualified in P10 for the sprint race.

It was a decent drive from the Dutchman to finish in P7, but it was after starting in this spot for the second race when he truly delivered.

He would make it up to P3 after the first corner, before going to on finish P2 and claim his first podium in the competition. Team Redline team-mate Maximilian Benecke won the race.

40 sim racers had been taking part, competing for a $200,000 prize pool.

Speaking to the Verstappen.nl website afterwards, he said: “It was a good result for the team. I was quite upset after the first weekend. Where we did not have a good pace at all. We worked hard and made some good steps for this race. To finish first and second was very positive. The field is incredibly tight, it is really impressive and cool to be part of this.

“Max (Benecke) was very fast, so I could not really catch up. It was not really my intention, it was way more important to finish first and second as a team. Max is in general a bit faster, so no problems there. Hopefully we can do this a lot more this season.”

Meanwhile in The Race Legends Trophy Jenson Button was sent upside down and lost his lead of the Championship in what was a disappointing round.

Button was involved in a crash with title rivals Emanuele Pirro and Juan Pablo Montoya, causing the Briton’s car to roll and spend a while caught up with Montoya’s.

Button came extremely close to recovering into a podium position, but was beaten to the line by a matter of inches by Mika Salo.

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