In January’s ‘racing’ event with a £183k prize pot, Max Verstappen joins Fernando Alonso.
In the virtual Le Mans 24 hour race, two of Formula One’s biggest stars will compete.
Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso will compete in this month’s virtual Le Mans 24 hour race for a prize pool of £183,000.
Verstappen, who is a big fan of virtual racing, will compete for Team Redline, for whom he has previously raced.
Felix Rosenqvist, a McLaren IndyCar driver, and two sim racers, Max Benecke and Atze Kerkhof, will join the Formula One champion.
Despite not driving, Alonso will captain Team Alpine at the race.
With teams required to have two FIA-graded drivers, the F1 duo will not be the only high-profile names in attendance.
As a result, Juan Pablo Montoya will race for LMVS Guest Car alongside his son Sebastian, while 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou will drive for Team Fordzilla.
Along with some of the biggest names from the real world of racing, the two previous winners of the World’s Fastest Gamer Award – Rudy van Buren and James Baldwin – will compete.
Verstappen’s virtual race comes less than a month after clinching his first Formula One championship in a dramatic season finale in Abu Dhabi.
On the final lap, the Dutchman pipped title rival Lewis Hamilton to the world championship, cementing his place in Red Bull and Formula One history.
This came after the 24-year-old took advantage of Michael Masi’s contentious decision to allow a number of lapped cars between title rivals to pass through a safety car, allowing Verstappen to get almost side-by-side with Hamilton.
Verstappen took advantage of a recent fresh tyre change to crown himself world champion in a one-lap shootout.
Hamilton and Verstappen had arguably one of the most memorable title races in the sport’s history, as they consistently outperformed the rest of the field.
And, despite a new rule for the 2022 season that will bring the field closer together, Verstappen’s Red Bull team is still in contention.
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