Max Verstappen, the two-time Red Bull F1 champion, is not only a talented driver on the race track, but also an expert in the virtual world. As a passionate video game player, he excels in various games, ranging from FIFA to racing sims such as iRacing where he specifically races GT cars. To improve his gaming experience, Verstappen invested a substantial amount of money in building a high-tech simulator setup. This is the Belgian driver uses in his sim racing setup.
During an interview with former F1 driver David Coulthard, Verstappen revealed that he engages in sim racing during his downtime as a “positive distraction”.
“Sim racing, because it keeps me ready to go. I am spending a lot of time on the set up, I’m not racing a Formula 1 car on the simulator. But it’s like GT cars so it’s also a different technique of driving. So, I just keep testing myself.”
According to the South China Morning Post, Verstappen’s simulator setup costs between $15,000 and $35,000, and is so valuable that no one is permitted to use it. The setup includes:
- Playseat F1 Ultimate cockpit
- Custom-made LM-Pro steering wheel by Precision Sim Engineering
- Heusinkveld Ultimate pedals
- Leo Bodnar Sim Steering system
In addition to his real-world racing achievements, the Red Bull driver is also making a name for himself in the world of professional eSports. He frequently live streams his gameplay, and has even competed in professional gaming competitions. For Verstappen, success in both the virtual and real worlds is just another lap.
F1 fans on Reddit have also commented on his setup, with one listing what they can see from an image posted this week.
The list consists of:
- 4 x ultrawide Samsung g9 monitors plus monitor stands
- PC likely high end (rtx 4090, 13900k etc)
- Simlab rig (the bits that hold the seat and wheelbase etc together with add ons and seat)
- Bass shakers and amp for track feedback under the seat/pedals
- Wind machines and seatbelt tighteners