Max Verstappen made the decision to stop competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual after a number of mechanical issues that negatively affected his performance.
After experiencing network problems that resulted in him losing the lead and decide to quit the race, Max Verstappen called the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race a “clown show” and expressed his frustration.
Verstappen started in front and held it for the whole of the race while driving the number one car for Team Redline alongside Jeffrey Rietveld, Luke Browning, and Diogo Pinto. He was ahead of Team Redline’s sister car by more over a minute with seven hours left in the race.
Nevertheless, he was immediately taken out of the game because of connection troubles, and when he was able to rejoin, he had missed a lap and a half and dropped to 17th position.
Verstappen faced similar connection issues about 90 minutes later, which led the Dutchman to give up on the game in anger.
The race had been red-flagged twice earlier in the event owing to server problems, which the organizers claimed were caused by a suspected security breach.
The decision was made by the organizers to continue the event in dry conditions as opposed to the wet weather that had been there before the interruption because it was believed that this was causing the outage.
Verstappen criticizes the organizers
Verstappen expressed his anger at the event’s organizers on his Twitch stream, saying that he would not take part in any further virtual competitions in the future.
Verstappen remarked, “They cannot even control their own game.”
“This is already the third time this has happened to me, getting kicked off the game while doing this race. It’s also the last time I’m ever participating, because what’s the point?
“You prepare for five months to try to win this championship, you’re leading the championship, you’re trying to win this race that you’ve been preparing for for two months, and they handle it like this.
“There have been two red flags, they cancelled the rain, because maybe that’s already a big influence, and people are still getting disconnected, and at one point we were hit by it, and they’re just not dealing with it, because they need even more people to disconnect.
“Honestly, it’s a joke. You cannot call this an event. [It’s a] clown show. That’s why it’s better to retire the car.”
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