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Could Verstappen’s bold prediction become reality?
Compared to established Esports games in other spheres, motorsport's own fledgeling 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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