Former F1 star Gerhard Berger points out how Max Verstappen has established dominance in F1 by being ‘a big fan of simulator ‘

Gerhard Berger credited Max Verstappen’s love for simulators for the Dutch’s dominance on the race track.


Former F1 star Gerhard Berger points out how Max Verstappen has established dominance in F1 by being ‘a big fan of simulator ‘

Gerhard Berger and Max Verstappen (via imago)

Austrian motorsports star Gerhard Berger had raced in Formula 1 for over a decade, amassing 10 Grands Prix victories and over 40 podiums. But now, he is well known as the F1 veteran whose daughter, Heidi Berger, is dating the paddock-favorite F1 star Daniel Ricciardo. Now, Berger recently commended Max Verstappen’s achievements over the last two years and praises his love for simulators at one of his recent interviews.

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We are living now in a time where simulators are working very well too and I think Max Verstappen sitting every day in the kart and being at the same time a big fan of the simulator and playing these all day long, gave him knowledge of what I think is on another level,”  Berger expressed on the F1 Nation podcast. The retired driver applauded the developments Max has made by practising on simulators tirelessly.

It is no news that Verstappen, being just 25-years old, is an avid gamer and is often seen playing online on some streamer’s live-stream. The new era of drivers seem to have grown up playing these games at home. Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc are a pair that are known to often stream their game sessions–they even form the ‘Twitch Quartet’ together with George Russell. This sheer love for sim-racing, believes Berger, has led Max Verstappen to familiarise himself with multiple tracks and track condition.

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How the Singapore GP has eluded Max Verstappen – and why he can change that this year

Max Verstappen (via wallpaper.net)
Max Verstappen (via wallpaper.net)

The Marina Bay circuit in Singapore is known to pose one of the toughest physical and mental tests for F1 drivers amongst all other circuits that they visit in the season. The bumpy street circuit coupled with the heat and humidity of Singapore make it quite a demanding yet thrilling Grand Prix.

The circuit held a notorious record as only World Champions had taken a victory from its introduction in 2008 to 2019. Sergio Perez broke this record last year as he stood on the tallest podium step. Max Verstappen is currently in his best form and stands a chance to break his Marina Bay curse in 2023, as he chases victory on unclaimed soil. A sight quite rare to see these days.

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