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“I want to win in whatever I do”: Max Verstappen says that he spends his free-time trying to get better at F1 sim racing

Somin Bhattacharjee

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Max Verstappen admits that he spends a lot of his free time trying new things out in F1 sim racing, in order to get better. 

2021 F1 World Champion Verstappen lives and breathes racing; not just in F1, but also in the virtual world. The Red Bull driver is not just an exceptional driver on track, but spends time off it, to get better at sim-racing.

In modern F1, drivers spend a lot of time on simulators in order to improve their racing skills. However, Verstappen spends his ‘spare-time’ with those simulators, just to improve himself in online racing.

The 24 year old is a part of  ‘Team Redline’ and is an active sim-racer for the e-sports outfit. In a recent interview, he spoke about how he spends his time on the simulator when he’s not in an F1 car.

“During F1 weekends when I jump out of my car, I would be on Discord texting the guys to keep me updated with set-ups and ideas to try,” said Max.

“It’s 40 or 50 hours of preparation before a 24h race because I want to win in whatever I do.”

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Sim racing has been on the rise in terms of popularity over the last few years. F1 e-sports in particular has become an annual sim racing extravaganza, where the best virtual drivers compete in a series of races to determine who’s the best in the world.

Verstappen feels that he can learn a lot from sim-racing events. According to the Dutchman, racing other cars virtually teaches a lot of new skills that one cannot learn in an F1 car.

The Formula 1 Champion then admitted that he wants to go toe to toe with the best sim-racing drivers in the world. His fellow countryman Jarno Opmeer recently won his second consecutive F1 E-sports title earlier this month.

“For me it is interesting to compare myself with them. Because they are naturally fast on the sim, I am naturally fast in real life. On the simulator these guys are the benchmark and I have to push myself to that limit.” Max concluded.

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee


Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 editor at The SportsRush and has written more than 2000 articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and considers sports to be a part of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the legendary Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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