Verstappen's Team Redline, Williams Host Charity Events for Emilia Romagna

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Severe flooding had forced Formula 1 to cancel the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola this past weekend, as countless inhabitants of the region were affected by the disaster. To aid their situation, reigning World Champion Max Verstappen and Team Redline took to the virtual track instead, collecting donations during their Real Racers Never Quit event supported by numerous professional racing drivers as well as esports racers. Meanwhile, Williams Esports hosted their own event called Racing for Imola featuring several well-known names from both racing worlds.

Image Credit: Team Redline

Four short races had been scheduled for Redline's Real Racers Never Quit, all of them taking place at the digital version of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola. 24 racers in total took to the track in Formula 3, Mazda MX5, Formula Ford and Toyota GR86 cars in iRacing to battle for victory and mostly the fun of it, as the stream hosted by Luke Crane showed.

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Image Credit: Team Redline

Antonio Felix da Costa, Enzo Fittipaldi or Jack Doohan were just a few of the names alongside Verstappen who held up the flag for the pro racers' camp, competing against esports drivers like Jeffrey Rietveld, Atze Kerkhof or Luke Bennett.

While the results were not the focus of the event, they likely caused some happy faces among the pro drivers, as they took victory in all but one of the four races - Verstappen won the F3 race, Japanese F2 driver Ayumu Iwasa was on top in the MX5, and Australian F2 racer Doohan got to the top step of the virtual podium in the Formula Ford race. 2022 PESC World Champion Diogo Pinto of Team Redline was victorious in the remaining race in the GR86s.


Albon Disqualified, Clay Wins​

Williams' Racing for Imola also featured several exciting names on the grid, with current F1 driver Alexander Albon being joined by esports drivers like Alvaro Carreton or Daniele Haddad, as well as Williams Racing Team Principal James Vowles and Team Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Even Mercedes' esports squad took part, fielding James Baldwin and Bono Huis.

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Image Credit: Williams Esports

Their 16-lap race at Imola took place in F1 22 and was won by Williams Esports driver Shanaka Clay ahead of Jannick Schmidt and Carreton. Albon, meanwhile, was disqualified for ignoring blue flags and accumulating too many penalties three laps before the end of the race. The F1 racer took it with humor, replying to the offer of commentators Kieran McGinley and Matt212 to join them in the commentary booth with "I would rather do a Kimi Räikkönen and head to the yacht with a few drinks", before indeed commentating on the remainder of the race.


Both event's donation efforts fully benefitted the Emilia Romagna flood relief. It is certainly nice to see the F1 community come together to help the thousands of people affected by the catastrophe and not even shy away from offering hands-on help, like in the case of Yuki Tsunoda and the Alpha Tauri Team who have been spotted helping the clean-up efforts in the team's hometown of Faenza.


Your Thoughts​

What do you think about the efforts of the F1 community to aid the people affected by the floods in Northern Italy? Let us know in the comments below.
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SHOCKING!

Carnage mayhem bowling style racing made it a despicable show. Crying babies were going full-throttle on gravel through chicanes to take out eachothers. The viewers wanted to believe that all the cuss and the arguments were not serious and that they were "just banter" . But the second-hand smiles on the faces were confusing.

They brought the commentator Luke Crane, who is questionable to begin with, to say the least. He didn't commentate on the real-world drivers and champions so no one understood what happened. And what made things worse is that they used the same iRacing overlay that shows you a couple of names and also wrong not in real time.

Max should walk away from these people. His age and reputation holds him to a higher standard than this. Wasn't this supposed to seriously try be a simulation of a race that couldn't happen IRL, same like the C0vid-era races? Maybe it was a fun Wreckfest event between friends made to blow off real-life stress but it was broadcasted globally by mistake? Tell me, because maybe I am mistaking.
 
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Well, the main goal of this was to raise donations for the Emilia Romagna flood relief fund and not to recreate the race that did not happen in real life. As of right now, the stream has close to half a million views on Twitch - that's a lot of eyes for a good cause, so I don't think it matters if the race was super serious or not. Sim racing can and should be fun, you know :)
 
SHOCKING!

Carnage mayhem bowling style racing made it a despicable show. Crying babies were going full-throttle on gravel through chicanes to take out eachothers. The viewers wanted to believe that all the cuss and the arguments were not serious and that they were "just banter" . But the second-hand smiles on the faces were confusing.

They brought the commentator Luke Crane, who is questionable to begin with, to say the least. He didn't commentate on the real-world drivers and champions so no one understood what happened. And what made things worse is that they used the same iRacing overlay that shows you a couple of names and also wrong not in real time.

Max should walk away from these people. His age and reputation holds him to a higher standard than this. Wasn't this supposed to seriously try be a simulation of a race that couldn't happen IRL, same like the C0vid-era races? Maybe it was a fun Wreckfest event between friends made to blow off real-life stress but it was broadcasted globally by mistake? Tell me, because maybe I am mistaking.
There are no winners in such charity events. The goal was to collect funds to help the region that has been struck by the rainfall.
 
the flood could have been simply avoided if authorities made their job annually, they did not maintain the river banks, there where allocated 55 millions eur for this, they where never spent and returned the founds ...the responsibility is all on the region Emilia Romagna's admins and much the same of the politic party (PD) that has its tentacles everywhere ...I could say that this is a crime, they knew its gonna happen, and there is more than that, but I dont want to go to talking that others may consider nonsense ...btw some locals have documented all that was made and not, I really hope there will be held accountable for their facts ...
 
SHOCKING!

Carnage mayhem bowling style racing made it a despicable show. Crying babies were going full-throttle on gravel through chicanes to take out eachothers. The viewers wanted to believe that all the cuss and the arguments were not serious and that they were "just banter" . But the second-hand smiles on the faces were confusing.

They brought the commentator Luke Crane, who is questionable to begin with, to say the least. He didn't commentate on the real-world drivers and champions so no one understood what happened. And what made things worse is that they used the same iRacing overlay that shows you a couple of names and also wrong not in real time.

Max should walk away from these people. His age and reputation holds him to a higher standard than this. Wasn't this supposed to seriously try be a simulation of a race that couldn't happen IRL, same like the C0vid-era races? Maybe it was a fun Wreckfest event between friends made to blow off real-life stress but it was broadcasted globally by mistake? Tell me, because maybe I am mistaking.

It was never meant to be neither a serious competition substituting the real one nor a wreckfest event. Their first race was as serious as it gets, then they wanted the audience to avoid getting bored, then Lando joined it and wreaked havoc, because everybody saw him trolling the race and a lot of them chose to also race in a troll way.

It was only a gathering of high level drivers joined together to gather charity money for a good cause, not the ultimate sanctioned simracing race that decides who is the ultimate driver on the universe.

You may have take it overly seriously, but it never was meant to be any kind of sanctioned event, they even went as far as to let people on the audience vote who should start last in the second race, just for the lols. And you can be sure that even Max knew that invariably it was going to be him.

Then he took it like a champ because he was perfectly OK with give the audience the fun they wanted, and aborted his qualy lap in the last sector when he was on target to get the pole position on that race. In a serious competitive event you can bet your bottom dollar that Max would had taken that pole position whether the audience would had liked it or not.

Even despite all of that, the top cars raced mostly in a serious manner in every race. Why being so critical with an charity event that was totally improvised in mere days with the only intention to have fun in a casual environment, give fans something to watch, and help to raise money for the people affected by the floods.

People criticized days ago Karun Chandlok for not wanting to do the commenting of an hypothetical improvised simracing charity event, then Max improvises this and he also finds people criticizing him for doing the opposite because the event wasn't serious enough. There is no winning ever with the internet.
 

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