Max Verstappen on simulation work: “I’d rather not have a test driver do that”

While many teams employ test drivers who are involved in simulation work, Max Verstappen indicates that he prefers to do this himself. The two-time champion points to his driving style and believes that all the work in the simulator helps him keep his focus.

With the Red Bull Racing team, Porsche Supercup driver Rudy van Buren carries out the testing for Sergio Pérez and Verstappen. In addition, Daniel Ricciardo has also come on board and he will also carry out the necessary testing. It helps the drivers to come up with a basic setup for a Grand Prix weekend. Yet not every driver is charmed by the work and every team has therefore appointed a driver to work the necessary hours. Bee explains Verstappen why he prefers to do all the simulation work himself.

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One of the best simulators

The Austrian team has a simulator that Verstappen is very happy with: “I think our simulator is one of the best in the paddock. We input the data from the car that we collected on the track. Of course the ratio is between simulation and reality is not perfect.” Despite this small deviation, the 25-year-old enjoys the hours in the simulator: “The days are very long, but I am convinced that this work is worth it. I also don’t want a test driver to take care of the simulation, as I do with other racing teams happens. I want to do it myself, because everyone has their own unique driving style.”

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But not only does Verstappen get behind the wheel of the digital program at the factory in Milton Keynes, he also puts in the necessary hours on the simulator in Monaco. “That helps me to stay sharp. There’s not much else you can do at the moment if you have to stay at home. And I really enjoy sim racing anyway,” said the two-time Formula 1 champion.

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