Max Verstappen Joins Fernando Alonso at January ‘Race’ Event with Prize Pool of £ 183,000 | F1 | sport
Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso will be back in action as the duo face off in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans race this month, with a prize of £ 183,000 up for grabs.
Verstappen – who is known to be a huge fan of virtual racing – will compete in the event for the Redline team, which he has raced for in the past.
The Formula 1 champion will be joined by McLaren IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist as well as two simulation drivers Max Benecke and Atze Kerkhof.
Alonso will also participate in the race because although he will not drive himself, he will be the captain of the Alpine team.
The F1 pair won’t be the only top names in and around the event, with the teams expected to have two FIA ranked drivers.
Therefore, Juan Pablo Montoya will race alongside his son Sebastian for LMVS Guest Car, while 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou will drive for the Fordzilla team.
Along with some of the biggest names in the real world of racing, some of the best in the virtual circuit will also be among the two previous World’s Fastest Gamer Award winners – Rudy van Buren and James Baldwin – will take part.
Verstappen’s virtual exit comes just a month after winning his first Formula 1 title, following a spectacular final in Abu Dhabi in December.
The Dutchman propelled title rival Lewis Hamilton to the world championship on the very last lap, making Red Bull and Formula 1 history.
This came after the 24-year-old took advantage of a controversial decision by Michael Masi to allow a number of overtaken cars between title rivals to overtake a safety car, allowing Verstappen to almost side with coast with leader Hamilton.
The duo then found themselves in a one-lap shootout for the title, and Verstappen took advantage of a recent tire change to crown himself the world champion.
Hamilton and Verstappen contested one of the most memorable title races in the history of the sport, as the pair more than split off from the rest of the grid throughout the campaign.