Why Verstappen believes Esports is key to F1's future

Why Verstappen believes Esports is key to F1's future

Compared to established Esports games in other spheres, motorsport's own fledgling championships lag far behind. But there are signs that interest is growing - and even Formula 1 stars are feeling the benefits of sim racing

By electing to attend last week's Gran Turismo World Finals in Monaco off his own back on a rare weekend free between Formula 1 races, Max Verstappen highlighted the genuine attraction of top level Esports events.

Verstappen, fresh from his win at the Brazilian Grand Prix, was not there as a paid celebrity to give it endorsement. Instead, he simply wanted to cheer on his Team Redline sim racing team-mate Mikail Hizal, and the Red Bull driver was left raving about the atmosphere and buzz inside the arena.

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