Red Bull’s reserve pool of drivers has been touted as one of the strongest in the Formula 1 paddock, with names such as Daniel Ricciardo among the ranks. However, according to a recent report by Speedweek, Red Bull’s reigning world champion, Max Verstappen, is not willing to give up simulator work to these drivers.
Verstappen explained why he prefers to do the work himself rather than relying on a reserve driver, stating, “I want to do it myself because everyone has their own driving style.” He added that he does not want a test driver to take over the simulator sessions, as is the case with some other teams.
“Our simulator is one of the best in this sport. The days [in it] are very long, but it’s undoubtedly worth it,” Verstappen said, highlighting the importance of the simulator work in improving his driving skills.
Verstappen also revealed that he spends a lot of time in his simulator at home, saying, “It helps me maintain my focus. You can’t do much else when you’re at home, and I do enjoy sim racing.”
It is clear that Verstappen places a high value on the simulator work and the benefits it provides, and he is unwilling to relinquish control to a test driver. With the 2023 Formula 1 season fast approaching, Red Bull will undoubtedly be hoping that Verstappen’s dedication to the simulator will translate into on-track success.