Max Verstappen Looks to Add to Resume at Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours
Max Verstappen Looks to Add to Resume at Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours. The youngest driver to compete in Formula One at age 17 in 2015, the 24-year-old Verstappen looks to add to his already impressive career at the virtual Le Mans 2 Hours January 15-16. Max Verstappen earned a milestone 20th victory after his win at the Formula One world championship in Abu Dhabi in December.
Verstappen, racing for Reb Bull, won the F1 title with a overtake of Lewis Hamilton on the last lap. Verstappen entered the virtual race in 2020 with Lando Norris. After leading for Team Redline, a collision ensued with Rebllion-Williams Esports, who went on for the win.
The virtual event was created in 2020 to fill the void left when the real 24 Hours was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Held behind closed doors, the first virtual event was a smashing success and was seen by over 14 million people.
Entering the competition include two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, reigning Indy champion Alex Palou, an all-female W-Series team, and two-time Formula One esports champ Jarno Opmeer. Fernando Alonso will be the captain of the Alpine esports team.
This year’s edition of the series was originally scheduled to be live at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England. However, due to the spike in coronavirus cases due to the omicron variant, it was postponed.
Racing fans across the world can still view the virtual Le Mans 24 hours live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. Participants will compete around the world using simulators. The five-race virtual series packs an overall purse of $250,000 with $125,000 doing to this year’s winner.