Workforce Redline director Atze Kerkhof has been reflecting on his blended emotions over the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital after the #1 entry – pushed by Max Verstappen amongst others – was compelled to withdraw.
Verstappen and teammates Jeffrey Rietveld, Luke Browning and Diogo Pinto had been main the occasion whereas Verstappen was on the wheel.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman was beset with connection issues which compelled him to retire from the operating. The lead – and finally the victory – then went to Workforce Redline’s #2 automotive, pushed by reigning System 2 champion Felipe Drugovich, IndyCar and System E racer Felix Rosenqvist, Chris Lulham and Luke Bennett.
Workforce Redline additionally secured P2 within the GTE class, leaving Kerkhof happy with the squad’s success.
“That makes the sensation of satisfaction prevail,” he instructed RacingNews365.com.
“These two groups confirmed a lot spine from a hopeless place. That needed to do with technique and adaptableness. You be taught an terrible lot throughout a race like that after which it is vital to analyse that to intervene as rapidly as attainable.”
Workforce Redline director manufacturers server points ‘unacceptable’
Nevertheless, Kerkhof was left disenchanted by the crew having to drop out of the lead of the race by way of no fault of their very own.
“It’s now the fourth time in a row that we dropped out in main place. As soon as it was as a consequence of our personal driver error, all three different occasions it was as a consequence of server issues,” he defined.
“That’s unacceptable. That is disrespectful.”
Earlier within the occasion, the race had twice been red-flagged due to server points, which organisers stated have been as a consequence of a suspected safety breach. Kerkhof feels that the connection issues aren’t acceptable given what’s at stake for a lot of of these concerned.
“For Max, solely the competitors counts, he isn’t doing this for the cash,” Kerkhof stated.
“Who units apart plenty of free time to assist the crew, but additionally to advertise the race. As a two-time F1 champion, he was absolutely on board for this largest race of the yr.
“This occasion includes a hefty prize pool [€250,000]. Our drivers will survive this, however there are additionally plenty of drivers who lean on this prize cash and who simply undergo closely. That sort of prize pool ensures the professionalism of the game and likewise makes plenty of bets on it.
“We aren’t the one ones who’re broken, however we’re maybe extra vocal about this as a result of we need to put strain on the problem. This clearly can’t proceed on this method. Remember additionally that there’s a respectable entry price to be paid per crew per automotive.”
Connection issues didn’t simply have an effect on Verstappen
Kerkhof has confused that Verstappen was to not blame for his connection points, with the issue affecting many others within the occasion.
“He misplaced the connection at precisely the identical time as one other driver. When that occurs inside milliseconds of one another, you realize it is not Verstappen’s PC, however the server,” he added.
“And yearly the folks at rFactor 2 [the platform on which this race is run] cry out that the issues shall be solved and yearly it seems to be the other.”
Kerkhof can perceive Verstappen’s feedback concerning the issues, with the Dutchman having known as the occasion a “clown present” in addition to saying that he wouldn’t return.
“We cannot see him again once more. Rather a lot has to occur if we need to see Max again on rFactor,” Kerkhof continued.
Nevertheless, Verstappen will proceed with Workforce Redline, who compete in a spread of sim occasions.
“We’re energetic in all main sim racing competitions. From rFactor to iRacing to Assetto Corsa,” Kerkhof stated.
“And whereas we’re completely not pleased with rFactor, we assume this shall be mounted for subsequent yr. This can even have been a wake-up name for them in spite of everything.
“This was very dangerous publicity in a race the place all eyes have been on it as a result of Max was competing. After which to make such a idiot of themselves, they’ve themselves to thank for that.”
Response to Grosjean feedback
Kerkhof’s frustrations are directed at rFactor slightly than the race administration.
The latter did determine to not return the laps misplaced as, in response to the foundations, this solely occurs when 4 drivers or extra lose the connection on the similar time.
“There’s something to be stated for following the foundations, however it’s clear that these guidelines aren’t proper. Not when it’s clear that there have been connection issues all through the race.”
Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean – who’s an envoy of Motorsport Video games, the platform that hosts sim racing competitions – in contrast the connection points with mechanical or technical failures in precise motorsport. Kerkhof doesn’t agree together with his feedback.
“That, in fact, is unnecessary in any respect. In Melbourne [at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix], when his teammate [Kevin] Magnussen’s tyre got here off after a pit-stop, the [Haas] crew did every part attainable to repair the issue,” Kerkhof stated.
“When Grosjean’s Haas then crashed out as a consequence of precisely the identical mistake a couple of laps later, they have been massively screwed and the whip goes out within the crew to NEVER let this occur once more. All of us noticed this in Drive to Survive.
“So this example is best in comparison with a software program platform that has not been getting its servers secure for a number of years. So if Grosjean says that, he higher shut up.”
Whereas Verstappen doesn’t appear prone to race on rFactor once more, he stays part of Workforce Redline. Will he make an look once more for the squad over the winter?
“By no means say by no means, however the F1 season can be about to start out once more quickly, so presumably not,” Kerkhof commented.
“His motivation may additionally have taken a dent.”