The Dutch spent time after the British Grand Prix recovered from a collision with the 51G barrier after the opening lap crash with Lewis Hamilton.
A few days after the accident, Verstappen felt much better, but he was still uncertain how he would shape when pushed back to the demands of the F1 cockpit.
But he says he was calm when he attended the iRacing 24 Hours of Spa with Jeff Jassi and Gianni Vecchio last weekend. After a total of about eight hours of driving, he finished fifth in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, which was entered by Team Redline of the Sim team.
What gave him a special boost was that he chose to perform a very stiff brake setting on his rig at home, similar to the feel of an F1 car. Problems with Hungaroring.
“In fact, I felt pretty good,” Verstappen told the Dutch channel Ziggo Sport. “Some people think that simulated racing is incomparable to the real thing, but I set the brake pedals quite strongly at home.
“That meant I could already practice how to hold my knees and ankles, so when I got into the car here in Hungary, I didn’t have to use much more force than at home. Everything was fine. I felt it, and it’s great because my neck is doing well. “
During the first day of action in Hungary, he himself had no problems, but Verstappen said he was left chasing a better balance for much of the day.
“It wasn’t bad, but it still needs some improvement,” he said. “FP1 wasn’t that bad, but I already had a balance problem and wanted a slightly different balance. FP2 couldn’t improve this. I still need to confirm that.”
But the best news was that the crashed power unit rescued from Silverstone worked fine.
“Yes, that all worked,” he said. “When I went out to Silverstone and saw the car, it didn’t look very positive, but miraculously the engine survived. Of course it’s very good.”
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