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Verstappen explains "absurd" F1 sim in private jet story

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has laughed off Helmut Marko's suggestions that he is installing a racing simulator on his private jet, saying it was a misunderstanding.

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Red Bull motor sport advisor Marko made the claim in a recent TV interview while discussing the Dutchman’s appearance in the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours and his dedication to driving whenever he can.

The simulator in a plane story was subsequently widely reported, but Verstappen says what he actually told Marko last year was that he will have one installed in the new motorhome that he is taking to races in Europe this season.

“That was Helmut I think who said that, but I think he misunderstood, because I was talking to him last year,” said Verstappen at the livery launch of Red Bull's RB19.

“I'm building a new motorhome for travelling through Europe to the F1 races and I said I will install one there because I just can keep on driving when I'm back in the evening.

“Because I like it, it's my hobby in a way, and it just keeps you sharp as well. So I think he misunderstood, and he said plane!

“So I'm not installing one in my plane. I think that will be a bit absurd.”

In a similar case of crossed wires, photographs of Oscar Piastri driving a McLaren road car on the streets of Melbourne emerged on Reddit recently, with the poster claiming that Daniel Ricciardo was in the passenger seat.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

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The pictures were subsequently used by media outlets as evidence that the two men have established a friendship despite Ricciardo being dropped by McLaren in favour of his younger countryman.

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However, newly-appointed Red Bull third driver Ricciardo clarified that it wasn’t him in the pictures and he hasn’t met Piastri in person during the off-season.

“For the record, that was a meme,” he said.

“I think he was in a McLaren with someone that kind of look like me, so everyone was like, ‘Oh Daniel's giving Oscar driving tips,’ or something like that!

“But no, it wasn't me, so I wasn't with him in person. But we spoke a little bit towards the end of last year.”

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