Double F1 Champ Max Verstappen Loses Out to Mercedes Team After Major Blunder at Virtual Le Mans – EssentiallySports

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It’s really hard to keep Max Verstappen away from the track. After winning the 2022 season in Formula 1, the Dutchman was found racing for the 6 hours of Spa. The two-time world champion has participated in the third round of the Le Mans Virtual Series. The Red Bull driver raced alongside Jeffrey Rietveld and Maximilian Benecke.
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Max Verstappen competed in the 6 hours of Spa as under the rules of the sport, one pro driver must be participating in the 24-hour event. Verstappen raced for team Redline and began the race with three hours remaining. Starting from fifth the beginning was quite dramatic as he almost avoided a tragedy on the track when third-placed Luke Bennett collided with the GTE’s Ferris Stanley.
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The event went more thrilling when the second-placed squad received a penalty and was pushed down to tenth. The Dutchman was at the podium but can’t hold on to the position for long. He made a contact with Eau Rogue, which forced him off the track although he was able to continue, but Graham Carroll of AMG Petronas took advantage and snatched the podium place from Verstappen.
In the final laps, the gap was just left of 7.8s from the pole sitters, the earlier contact with GTE potentially cost victory for the team Redline. The team came home second and sits at the second spot in the overall championship standings, whereas Carroll’s AMG  Petronas Esports were the winner of the 6 Hours of Spa.
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The Le mans 24 hours are a dream of a lot of formula 1 drivers. But for Max Verstappen, the French event was only possible if he race alongside a special driver. The Dutchman once revealed when he would race in the Le mans.
Max Verstappen has achieved a lot of recognition in his 8 years career. He showcased his skills and talent on the F1 grid and once wanted to participate in the French event of 24 hours Le mans race.
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Although he has raced and fulfilled his wish as he has raced in the event quite a number of times now. But once he named a special driver with whom he wanted to race alongside. Verstappen wished to only proceed to race in the Le mans if his father Jos Verstappen turned up as his teammate.
As reported by Motorsports, “I would love to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I don’t know yet when it will happen. I’ve watched this race many times before and I was there even when my father was racing there,” he said. “I think it’s a very good race. I want to participate in the future, but I will do it with my father,” The Dutch Ace added.
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The next round of the Le Mans Virtual Series will take place on 3rd December 2022 and will be of 4 hours. With a decent run at the Le mans, the Dutchman can join the season finale in January’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
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