F1 champion Verstappen to race in virtual Le Mans 24 Hours
Baku, Januaey 10, AZERTAC
Max Verstappen will try to add a virtual Le Mans 24 Hours triumph to the Formula One world championship he won in Abu Dhabi in December.
The 24-year-old Dutch driver will be up against some top names from the world of motor racing and esports in the January 15-16 event.
Spain's reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou is in the field along with double Indianapolis 500 winner and former F1 racer Juan Pablo Montoya, Dutch two-times F1 esports champion Jarno Opmeer and an all-female W Series team.
Double Formula One world champion and two-times Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso is non-driving captain of the Alpine esports team.
Red Bull's Verstappen, who won the F1 title with a controversial last lap overtake of Mercedes' seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, entered the virtual endurance race in 2020 with McLaren's Lando Norris.
They were leading for Team Redline when a frozen screen led to a collision with eventual winners Rebellion-Williams Esports. Verstappen's pro team mate this time is Swedish IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist.