After a disappointing crash at Le Mans, world champion Max Verstappen will return to his simulator at the iRacing 24.
Many drivers began to branch out to keep themselves busy during the lockdown last year. Many people, including Verstappen, began racing virtually. The world champion has proven he’s just as quick behind a screen with an impressive pro license on iRacing.
The Dutchman has spent the offseason working on his driving skills in preparation for the 2022 season. With Team Redline, he competed in the LeMans Virtual Series.
Verstappen’s race was cut short when he crashed in the lead after qualifying just 0.002s off pole. This weekend, Verstappen will compete in another endurance race at Daytona.
This iRacing special event takes place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is a 24-hour endurance race. He’ll be competing alongside Redline teammates Gianni Vecchio and Chris Lulham in the event. The race will be streamed live on twitch by Verstappen and Team Redline.
Other drivers in iRacing include Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso. Alonso has his own esports team and has raced alongside the likes of Rubens Barrichello, a former racer.
Cem Bolukbasi, an esports racer, recently secured a seat in Formula 2 after an impressive virtual season.
On the less competitive side of things, Lando Norris frequently streams and uploads his simulator exploits through his team, Quadrant.
Other games, such as Halo, have been added to the esports franchise.