After the donations made by Ferrari and F1 in favor of the victims of the floods which affect Emilia-Romagna, Max Verstappen has confirmed the organization of a charity event around virtual races in order to collect donations.
Formula 1 continues to act to help flood victims in Emilia-Romagna. While Scuderia Ferrari and the world championship organizer have both announced a donation of one million euros, it’s Max Verstappen’s turn to mobilize through one of his passions, “simracing”.
Fan of car racing video games, having participated in the virtual versions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Spa, the double F1 world champion has teamed up with his team, Team Redline, to set up the “Real Racers Never Quit” event in record timeon the model of what had been put in place during the pandemic, with the competitions which were stopped for many months.
The meeting was given this Sunday from 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the team channel available on the platform Twitch. Team Redlind boss, Atze Kerkhof confirmed with motorsport.com that the idea for this charity event came from Max Verstappen.
You asked, we delivered: RRNQ makes its long-awaited return this sunday! 🇮🇹🚀
Stay tuned for the line-up…@VerstappenCOM @redbull pic.twitter.com/G92ZkdwmGL
— Team Redline (@TeamRedlineSim) May 18, 2023
Many pilots will respond
“We learned on Wednesday afternoon that the Imola Grand Prix was not going to take place, and Max therefore came up with the idea of organizing a simracing race himself in order to fill the void for the fans but also to raise awareness of what is happening in Emilia-Romagna by trying to support people affected by the bad weather. “, he confided during this interview. The Dutch driver then used his connections to attract top-notch drivers to participate in the races.
Within the Red Bull industry, Enzo Fittipaldi, Ayumu Iwasa and Isack Hadjar accepted the invitation, as did former Formula E champion Antonio Félix da Costa. Shane van Gisbergen, three-time Australian Supercars champion, as well as Felipe Drugovich and Jack Doohan will also participate. In total, four races will be organized with a call for donations which will also be launched. ” We will support the same charity as AlphaTauri, said Atze Kerkhof. The team is based in Faenza, a city that has also been badly affected. We put a link and a QR Code visible on the stream so that viewers can use them to make a donation. We will encourage everyone watching to donate. »