Max Verstappen has reaffirmed his skill as a driver in the real world and online, as he showed off his trademark overtaking abilities during the virtual 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Competing for Team Redline around the digital circuit, Verstappen lined up in P7, moving through the grid to P2, thanks in part to an impressive double overtake.
The Red Bull driver’s fearless approach to his online race left his teammates and those watching at home in shock.
Unfortunately, Verstappen was hit by some technical issues, impacting the team’s progress through the pack, leaving them a lap behind the leader in P3.
This isn’t the first time that Verstappen has found his virtual performance hurt by a poor connection, with the two-time world champion having launched into a rant earlier this year when he was forced to retire from the 24 hours of Le Mans Virtual race.
Verstappen labelled the situation a “clown show” after technical issues forced him out of a race that he had been leading, as part of a team with Jeffrey Rietveld, Luke Browning and Diogo Pinto.
The event would be red flagged multiple times because of the technical issues, with Verstappen claiming it would be the last time he’d ever participate.
Verstappen’s ability to easily overtake rivals was on show in the real world around Miami, as he performed a double overtake on Charles Leclerc and Kevin Magnussen with the help of the RB19’s strong DRS.
The Dutchman continued his charge through the field to take victory in Florida for the third time this season, extending his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Standings.