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Max Verstappen Ranks Red Bull’s Sim Racer Sebastian Job “Better Than Himself” at the Monaco Track

Anirban Aly Mandal

Max Verstappen Ranks Red Bull’s Sim Racer Sebastian Job “Better Than Himself” at the Monaco Track

Max Verstappen is considered as one of the greatest F1 drivers to ever have raced in the sport. But the three-time world champion is also considered a sim-racing genius. Despite his prowess, both on the real and virtual tracks, the Dutchman rated Red Bull’s e-sports star Sebastian Job as a better driver around the streets of Monte Carlo.

The customary ‘Oracle Virtual Lap’ video this time took fans onboard a virtual lap of the upcoming 2024 Monaco GP. This time, Verstappen was not in the sim-rig as Job took over the role.

Right after crossing the start-finish line, Job jokingly said, “That’s one corner without hitting the wall.” Verstappen promptly replied, “That’s better than me!”

The Briton actually strung along a pretty handy lap on the F123 videogame. As he crossed the line, he registered a lap time of 1.14.324 seconds.

Yet, it was a far cry from the pole-position lap set by the Dutchman during the 2023 Monaco GP – a monstrous 1.11.365s. The 26-year-old’s contributions during the lap provided some really interesting insights about driving an F1 car through the twisty streets of Monaco.

He explained how despite being the shortest F1 track, Monaco provides some of the biggest lap-time differences between drivers. Verstappen explained that this is because the circuit demands the highest amount of confidence from the drivers.

Max Verstappen’s Monaco GP record

In recent times, Max Verstappen has made it a habit of dominating in the Principality. In the last three races at the track, the Dutchman has won twice (2021 and 2023). Moreover, both these race wins have been ones where the #1 driver has led from start to finish.

Despite his past dominance in Monaco, the Dutchman isn’t very hopeful about his chances this year around. The last two Grands Prix have exposed Red Bull, and the likes of Ferrari and McLaren seem to be closer than ever before to dethroning Verstappen.

Speaking about his prediction for the race weekend, Verstappen said as quoted by, “I think it is one of the more difficult tracks for us. Plus, in the last few years, I think Ferrari has always been very, very strong here. Plus, McLaren lately, the last two races, really ramped up in performance“.

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Anirban Aly Mandal

Anirban Aly Mandal


Anirban Aly Mandal is an F1 writer at The SportsRush, with over 1000 articles under his belt, Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 on his computer. With over half a decade's worth of time spent religiously following the sport, he’s dived deep into the world of motorsports. However, Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports and the law. His passion for the sport is so immense that he aspires to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world someday. When it comes to Formula 1, Anirban finds great pleasure in re-watching classic races and idolizes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel. His top picks include Brazil '91, Silverstone '92, and Germany '19. Outside of the sport, Anirban is an avid sim racer, often found racing on titles like Assetto Corsa, F1 22, and Automobilista. Apart from his interests in gaming, Anirban has a keen interest in philosophy, literature and music.

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