rFactor 2 boss responds to Verstappen's outburst: "I would've done exactly the same"
By Tomas Mota 14 June 2020 | 18:49
Marcel Offermans, director of the rFactor 2 creators at Studio 397, can imagine why Max Verstappen was furious with the game after he dropped out with a technical problem halfway through the virtual 24 hours of Le Mans. He does not blame the Formula 1 driver for expressing his frustrations openly.
Verstappen, who raced for Team Redline, was leading the Le Mans 24 Hours around midnight, but was forced to give up after server problems caused him to crash. Shortly after his retirement, the Red Bull Racing driver criticised rFactor 2, the racing game. "rFactor can go to hell", he said, among other things.
"I don't blame them"
Offermans understands the frustrations, he tells MaximumF1. "I drive a lot of 24-hour races myself and I know how annoying this is when you get out of the race because of such a technical problem", he says. "Just to respond to the reactions you see from Norris (Verstappen's teammate at Team Redline) and Verstappen: I understand that very well. In the heat of a battle I'd probably have shouted about the same thing, so I don't blame them. That just happens."
Offermans has not yet spoken to the drivers involved or to Team Redline. After a long weekend, he considers it sensible to rest first. "When everyone's been asleep tomorrow, I'll call Atze (Kerkhof) to talk to him about what happened. Then he can explain to me even better what was going on so that we might be able to find out what went wrong." (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
By: Gino Haverkamp, courtesy of Rick Pasker