Verstappen ‘keeping sharp’ with sim racing

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen smiling 2020

Unable to turn a wheel on a race track, F1’s younger drivers have turned to the virtual world for their racing with Max Verstappen saying the sim racing keeps him sharp.

Almost immediately after the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled and the drivers were back home, Verstappen along with Lando Norris took to sim racing to get their kicks.

The duo have been streaming their races with Norris setting a new Twitch record for F1, pulling in more than 70,000 viewers concurrently on Sunday evening.

Verstappen was also involved for Team Redline with the Formula 1 rivals clashing on the Daytona oval when the Brit tried to take the lead from Verstappen and instead rear-ended him.

In the second race, run in Formula 3 cars, Verstappen qualified P2 before racing to the victory.

“It was a really fun race,” he told his website. “The car immediate behind of me and I worked well together to get everyone out of the draft, but we both knew we didn’t want to lead going into the Bus Stop and coming out of it.

“The only option I had was to try and trick it. Right before the chicane I braked and then he braked after which I was able to accelerate and create a gap of six tenths.

“That was enough to win the race. That was nice, it was a fun race.”

The Red Bull driver reckons the sim racing is not only fun but keeps his skills sharp.

“It’s s keeping me sharp,” he said. “What else can you do at this moment, you have to stay inside?

“And it’s fun, I really enjoy sim racing anyway. Over the winter I did it a lot and I try to practice my skills and make it even better. That’s why I love doing it.”

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