The fact that Formula 1 double world champion Max Verstappen is also an enthusiastic sim racer is no longer a secret. And because the Dutchman doesn’t want to do without his favorite sport on board his private plane either, he has had a racing simulator installed there.

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko recently revealed this in an interview with ‘Sport1’. In it, he made it clear that despite an ever-full Formula 1 racing calendar, Verstappen was not thinking of cutting back on sim racing.

“The opposite is the case,” emphasizes Marko. “He even had his private plane converted so that he can fly a simulator in the future.” While others use the flight hours to sleep, read books or watch films, Verstappen prefers to get behind the wheel here too.

“But that’s a good thing,” says Marko, “because Max needs this distraction. In any case, it didn’t do him any harm when it came to his two titles.”

And considering the number of hours Verstappen will be flying at 23 Grands Prix this season, he will have plenty of time in his simulator.

Incidentally, the 25-year-old’s private jet is a Dassault Falcon 900EX, which he acquired from British billionaire Richard Branson at the end of 2020.

The jet is 15 years old and has been custom painted with Verstappen’s design and lion logo.

This article was written by Juliane Ziegengeist

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