Verstappen drops out of 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual despite leading RaceFans
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Verstappen crushes Redline in the lead at the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen exited the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual after his Redline team led the first seven hours of racing.
Starting in the number 123 Redline LMP car from second on the grid, Verstappen took the lead as the field plunged into La Chapelle for the first time. Sharing the car with Felix Rosenqvist, Atze Kerkhof and Maximilian Benecke, Verstappen led the start of the race, creating a margin of almost a minute over his teammates, the number 70 Realteam Hydrogen Redline car.
With just under 16 hours and 40 minutes remaining and the virtual sun starting to set, Verstappen lost control of his car on the curbs of the Ford Chicane as he spun a GTE class car into the pits . The car crashed into the tire barriers, registering enough force in the rFactor 2 simulation platform’s damage model to cause critical damage to the left rear wheel and cause the car to be immediately retired.
Verstappen’s team weren’t the only ones to struggle early in the race, with the Mercedes Esports entry with F1 Esports World Champion Jarno Opmeer becoming the first retirement when driver Dani Juncadella caused a power failure. driver-induced engine by downshifting too aggressively under braking for the Ford Chicane. The all-female W Series entry failed to start the race after a glitch on driver Fabienne Wohlwend’s system before the formation lap left race organizers unable to add them to the event .
After nine hours of racing, Realteam Hydrogen Racing’s number 70 car led the race, with reigning winners Rebellion Esports in second place.
Alonso undergoes further jaw surgery to remove the titanium plates
Alpine rider Fernando Alonso said he recently underwent successful jaw surgery to remove the plates installed following a cycling accident in Switzerland early last year.
Speaking during virtual coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in support of Alpine’s entry, the two-time world champion said he recently had a hospital stay after undergoing surgery. Alonso previously revealed he would undergo surgery in January following the end of last year’s F1 season.
“I’m just following the race, following the Alpine Sport team, car 36,” Alonso said. “I can’t participate this time. I had surgery last week and was in the hospital for a bit and now I am recovering. But I want to follow the race. It’s an amazing event and I wanted to be a part of it somehow.
Alonso said he discussed taking part in the endurance simulation event with F1 teammate Esteban Ocon, before his surgery sidelined him.
“I think we wanted to do it together somehow in the same car, but since I couldn’t do it, I think he decided to postpone it,” he said. . “But I think the day we do it together. It is a guarantee.
Grosjean ‘praying’ future IndyCar schedules provide opportunity at Le Mans
Romain Grosjean says he hopes that future IndyCar calendars will allow him to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the years to come.
Driver Andretti Autosport declared his desire to compete in the world’s most famous endurance race in an interview while covering the 24 Hours of Le Mans virtual simulation event, in which his esports team, R8G , has two entries in the LMP category. This year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on the same weekend as the IndyCar race at Road America.
“I pray that the 2023 calendar is made so that I can compete in IndyCar and be free for the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Grosjean said.
“I know LMDH is coming and I would love to be in one of those cars at Le Mans. It was one of the best races I’ve ever done. So I really want to come and I really hope the schedule will be made so that I can compete I would like to do Daytona [24 Hours]. I like to do Sebring, Petite Le Mans and of course Le Mans.
Grosjean competed in the iconic race once, in a Ford GT with Matech in 2010. The car was retired after 171 laps.
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