(Motorsport-Complete.com) – Although Crimson Bull driver Max Verstappen is one of the fastest in Sim Racing as well as his class as a Formula 1 driver, he gave Formula 1 for the ” official “virtual giant prix in Bahrain a basket. An understandable decision? “Yes, I can understand that,” says DTM driver Philipp Eng, who was nominated by Crimson Bull as a replacement for the Dutch and has been a Sim-Racer for ten years, in an interview with 'Motorsport-Complete.com'.
“Max travels a lot on iRacing and is extremely good at it,” the Austrian, who regularly drives against Verstappen in Sim Racing, refers to the highly professional simulation platform. “He drives against all the Sim Racing experts and as a real Formula 1 driver has a lot more to lose.”
Because the virtual Giant Prix does not use iRacing as a platform, but rather the Formula 1 computer game F1 2019, which is equipped with the official license and offers significantly less realism. And Verstappen, like Eng, has hardly any experience.
Nevertheless, the DTM driver managed to take pole position and third place in the virtual race. Should moremore have faced the challenge? “If I had now become 15 in this race, it would not have been so bad,” says Eng. “With Max, on the other hand, it might have been interpreted immediately whether turn out to be once changed in his life.”
Because the switch to F1
for Eng battle a challenge in spite of its strong performance: “If you switch back and forth between the simulations, you not only change the cars, but also the platform. And the differences are sometimes very big I noticed that especially in Formula 1 – I had to train a lot. “
Verstappen battle was not the only Formula 1 driver who canceled for the virtual Giant Prix . Other than McLaren driver Lando Norris and Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi, who finished fifth and sixth, no other Formula 1 driver of the season battled 2020 on originate. Formula 2 driver Guanyu Zhou won ahead of ex-McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne.