Team-mate gives credit to Max Verstappen’s ‘initiative’

Max Verstappen has been hailed by his team-mate for coming up with the idea.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen has received huge amounts of praise from fellow Team Redline member Atze Kerkhof, who revealed that it was the Red Bull driver who came up with the plan to run a sim event on Sunday.

Verstappen has worked with Team Redline to create a simulator event on Sunday, following the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

At 14:30 GMT, Team Redline’s ‘Real Racers Never Quit’ series will return, in a bid to raise money for the flood relief in Emilia Romagna.

The Grand Prix was cancelled this weekend following the horrific weather being experienced in the Emilia-Romagna region, which has sadly resulted in the loss of lives.

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The region has been battered by torrential rain, widespread flooding and landslides, with the emergency services having been stretched as a result.

Several drivers have tried to play their part to support the flood relief, with Yuki Tsunoda having been spotted helping to clean up a village in the area.

Elsewhere, Lando Norris put on a charity stream whilst Williams held their own sim event on Saturday, all to raise as much money as possible.

The biggest event will take place on Sunday, though, with several racing drivers set to compete in Team Redline’s event.

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Joining Verstappen will be the likes of reigning F2 World Champion Felipe Drugovich, Alpine reserve driver Jack Doohan and former Formula E Champion Antonio Felix da Costa.

There will also be a whole heap of F2 drivers and other racers from various championships taking part, in what looks set to be an incredible virtual event to support the flood relief.

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Had it not been for Verstappen, then the event on Sunday may not having even been planned, with it all happening due to the Dutchman’s “initiative”.

“Max himself came up with the idea of organising a sim race so that there is still something to do this weekend for the fans,” Kerkhof told

“But also to draw attention to what is happening in Emilia Romagna and to support the people affected by the severe weather. So this really happens on Max’s initiative.”