Max Verstappen has indicated that he may never participate in the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans again, labelling it a 'clown show' after suffering from server issues.
The race is ran on the rFactor 2 platform owned by organisers Motorsport Games, and suffered from a security breach several hours into the event that caused some to disconnect from the servers according to Gérard Neveu, Executive Producer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
“It became clear within the first seven hours of the race that we had some serious server issues which led to us showing the red flag on the race twice,” he said.
“After an initial investigation, it seems that some race competitors accidentally shared to the public the IP addresses connecting them to the server, which is not supposed to happen."
Verstappen and Team Redline quit
Both Verstappen and Team Redline opted to quit after not getting lost laps back when the connection cut out.
Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean managed to finish the race and win his GTE class with Team R8G, but responded to Verstappen's comments afterwards on social media.
The Frenchman, who is an ambassador of Motorsport Games, compared the connection issues with mechanical or technical failures in actual motorsport.
He followed up this post with another expressing his satisfaction with the running of the event: "Le Mans Virtual is over and I had a lot of fun. Sim racing is super competitive and seeing one of the biggest race in the world being done on sim is awesome. Yes, few bits and pieces to improve, but isn't that just like everywhere else?"