Red Bull esports and the team that Max Verstappen races for in different esports championships have joined forces to form an elite performance partnership alliance.
Red Bull and Max Verstappen’s esports team, Team Redline, have signed a multi-year partnership under the brand-new name ‘Oracle Red Bull Sim Racing.’
Red Bull Sim Racing and Team Redline will continue to operate independently ahead of this year’s Formula 1 Esports Series Pro Championship, but the Esports team will oversee Oracle Red Bull Sim Racing’s performance management.
Verstappen has participated in races for the Esports team, such as the 500 Miles of Sebring, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours, despite his hectic schedule during Formula 1 weekends.
A dedicated Red Bull Sim Racing performance facility is going to be established at Team Redline HQ as part of the agreement, and the team’s current driver roster will still be retained.
The sim racing team considers the partnership with Red Bull to be the logical next step after previously working with Verstappen and bringing a positive outcome.
Team Redline director Atze Kerkhof said: “This is an exciting new challenge for the Team, having already built a good relationship with Red Bull under Verstappen.com Racing – this seemed like the logical next step for us to collaboratively take.
“Team Redline is excited for this new challenge and is looking forward to getting to work.”
Oracle Red Bull Sim Racing Team Esports Lead Joe Soltysik commented: “This partnership marks an ambitious positive step on our journey to win back our Team title in F1 Esports.
“Since the creation of our sim racing Team in 2018, we have been committed to being the best competitors on the grid and constantly looking for ways to improve our performance.
“Partnering up with one of the most successful teams in sim racing history is an opportunity we are delighted to have taken and I am incredibly excited about the potential of what we can achieve together.”