Max Verstappen Gives Credit to Sim Racing For Improving His Driving in F1

Published 01/12/2022, 5:24 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen, has stated he often finds sim racing benefiting his career. The Red Bull prodigy is one of the drivers on the grid that indulges himself in virtual racing.

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What is surprising to some from the racing community is that Verstappen has mentioned that he finds them useful as they help him improve his driving on the track.

Max Verstappen gives credit to sim racing for his on-track success

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Recently the 24-year-old took part in the virtual 24 Hours Le Mans, with Alpine Esports. While many don’t take sim racing seriously, but for Verstappen, it is a different case, as it allows him to get more information about the track and helps him to improve his driving in real life.

In an interview with CarNext as quoted by FormulaPassion.it, Verstappen said, “It keeps me ready, and allows me to better analyze the configuration as well. I am not racing with a Formula 1 car in the simulator, but it is similar to an experience you have with GT cars, so you also adopt a different driving technique. I continue to test myself, especially against these drivers who are very fast.”

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The Red Bull drive added, “It’s very interesting to see them drive because they don’t have a real driving experience but, somehow, when you look at how they brake or how they control, as if they are actually racing. It is curious to be able to compare myself with them.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

“Because they are fast on the simulator, just as I am in real life. For me this is another motivation, because I’m sure when I want to jump into a real car like this, I’ll be fast. On the simulator these guys are my point of reference, and I have to push myself to that limit. I like to challenge myself and improve myself by learning from them too, so in my free time, I’m still trying to improve myself , which I think helps me in real life as well,” he concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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With the 2022 Formula One season just a few months away, do you think Max will benefit from sim racing, as he gets ready to defend his world title next year? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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