‘Can we skip that?’ Max Verstappen jokes about recent crash in Brazil

Prior to this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen took part in the virtual 6 Hours of Spa.

Max Verstappen has been in high spirits both of ahead of and during the Brazilian Grand Prix, with a rest seemingly not in the Dutchman’s manual.

During the pre-weekend press conference, Verstappen was asked all about his so-called weekend off, which he instead spent racing in the virtual world.

As well as being one of the fastest drivers in real life, he also happens to be one of the quickest in the simulator and has been an avid sim-racer over recent years.

He famously won the virtual Spa 24 Hours with Team Redline in 2019, a squad that McLaren superstar Lando Norris was also part of.

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Whilst Norris now competes for his own company Quadrant, when he does compete, Verstappen continues to race for Team Redline, who he competed for during his weekend off between the races in Mexico and Brazil.

He competed in the third round of the virtual Le Mans series, which just so happened to be the virtual 6 Hours of Spa.

Competing in the top LMP2 category, Verstappen and his team-mates, Maximilian Benecke and Jeffrey Rietvald, managed to claim second place; however, it wasn’t without its difficulties.

The Dutchman was involved in a big crash at Eau Rouge during his stint, whilst trying to lap a car from a lower category.

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The Dutchman joked that he didn’t want to talk about the race when asked about his experience taking part but admitted that “it happens”.

“Whilst everyone else was resting last weekend, you went racing in the virtual 6 Hours of Spa. How did that go?” Verstappen was asked at the pre-weekend press conference.

“It was quite eventful to be honest, can we skip that?” the Dutchman jokingly asked whilst laughing.

“Nah we finished second, yeah it was okay but I had a moment in Eau Rouge,” Verstappen gingerly said, still whilst giggling away to himself.

“Not a small moment then?” Verstappen was asked.

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“No, it was quite a big moment. It happens,” the Red Bull star added.


Back in the real world, the Dutchman will start Saturday’s Sprint race from second place at Interlagos, after incredibly being beaten to pole by Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

The Red Bull driver will go into Saturday’s 100km race as the favourite given his superior car; however, ahead of the weekend the 25-year-old admitted that there is no point taking “risks” in the sprint events, due to the impact it can have on the traditional race.