How Max Verstappen Uses His Sim Racing Skills in Real-Life F1?

Samriddhi Jaiswal
|Published 24/01/2023

Red Bull ace Max Verstappen is an avid sim racer and he uses his virtual racing skills to make his real-life racing in F1 easier.

He is one of the many drivers who utilise their free time racing behind the wheels of a screen and mastering their skills and live streaming.

The Dutchman recently even participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans Virtual. Although that did not go well for him as he suffered technical issues and had to withdraw from the event. Verstappen criticised the event as being a clown show and claimed that he would never participate in it again.

The 2-time F1 world champion believes that taking part in different motorsport categories virtually helps improve his skills in real-life racing.

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How Max Verstappen uses his sim racing skills in F1?

The 25-year-old usually races non-F1 cars on the simulator as driving different cars demands a different set of skills as far as steering, throttle and driving lines are concerned.

By doing this, Verstappen draws from those experiences and adapts/changes his driving style accordingly. Hence always being on the learning curve to get the car at the top of its performance in any case.

He explained such things helps a driver when they get back to their F1 car because then they have experiences they can draw from in the back of their mind.

Not every time a driver satisfied with their set-up in F1 but with these experiences and skills in the simulator, a driver can use their skills to push the car to its limit.

Sim racing vs Formula 1

Apart from all the experiences and skills that he gathered from the simulator, Verstappen also pointed out the crucial differences between the two.

The Red Bull ace said that the lack of G-force in the simulator is one difference that a driver feels when adapting to virtual racing from real-life F1.

In real racing, a driver draws a lot of data from what they feel through the wheel although simulators now have gotten a bit better and they are more accurate now than they used to be.

Another key difference that he pointed out was that a driver needs certain physical health to drive an F1 car but in simulator, you don’t need that.

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Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal is an F1 editor and writer at The SportsRush. She started her career as a business journalist but soon found her calling in lights out here we go! Samriddhi has been a Ferrari fan even when her interaction with F1 was occasional. Her first real experience with the thrilling sport came when Charles Leclerc clinched his iconic victory in Spa and Monza and painted the track red. Now, a Tifosi, Samriddhi is a hardcore fan of the prancing horse and can relate to the chaos within the Italian camp and also admires Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Off the track, she finds her home in books and musical instruments.

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