F1 champion Max Verstappen calls NASCAR ‘not easy’ and says it would take quite some time to get good at stock car racing

F1 champion Max Verstappen calls NASCAR 'not easy' and says it would take quite some time to get good at stock car racing

Max Verstappen respects what it takes to drive NASCAR cars.Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

  • Even Max Verstappen would have a hard time in NASCAR, at least according to Max Verstappen.

  • The defending F1 champion revealed that he enjoys racing NASCAR on his simulator but that it would take a while to get good.

  • The comments are similar to Daniel Ricciardo’s, who wouldn’t rule out trying NASCAR someday.

Max Verstappen may be the greatest race car driver in the world, but even he thinks he would have a hard time in NASCAR because it’s such a different beast.

In a recent interview with Dan Katz of “Pardon My Take,” Verstappen revealed that he enjoys racing stock NASCAR cars on his simulator, although he admitted it would take a long time to get good at the sport in real life.

“It’s a very different discipline,” said Verstappen. “In front of [Formula One drivers] to get good at it also takes quite a bit of time. You know, it’s not easy. It’s the other way around for them too. To get good at an F1 car or whatever, it also takes time.

The reigning F1 champion went on to say that the only way to really get good at any of the racing disciplines is to “really grow up with it”.

Verstappen’s comments are reminiscent of what dude F1 racer Daniel Ricciardo told Insider earlier this season† Ricciardo grew up as a NASCAR fan in Australia, and while he wouldn’t rule out trying the sport in the future, he knows there’s a steep learning curve if he tries.

“I’d love to ride an oval to see a little bit of what it’s like, but I probably wouldn’t want to participate because I just, I don’t think I’ll be competitive and probably wouldn’t do it justice,” Ricciardo told insider. “A road course or something would be nice, but I’ll walk before I can run. It’s such a different discipline that I want to do some testing and kind of see where I’m at. And let’s say if that all went well and I had good faith in the car, you know, maybe I’d raise my hand, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. It’s a whole different beast.”

Daniel Ricciardo drives Dale Earnhardt's car at COTA.Daniel Ricciardo drives Dale Earnhardt's car at COTA.

Daniel Ricciardo drives Dale Earnhardt’s car at COTA.Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images

Ricciardo did explain how much it would mean to him.

“We are leaving [the door] open,” said Ricciardo. “I don’t want to close anything for sure, but I’m definitely a fan… When I got into F1, [Michael] Schumacher was still on the grid, [Kimi] Räikkönen, and these guys I’ve been watching for so many years. It was quite surreal for me. So I think to go into NASCAR, even if it was just a one-off race and to, say, deal with so many guys that I’ve seen since I was a kid, I think that’s one, a similar feeling.”

One thing that works in favor of F1 drivers is that NASCAR has moved to more road courses, including the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, a track already on the F1 schedule. NASCAR may even add a street circuit (Chicago?) soon. But even with more familiar tracks, F1 drivers understand that driving a standard car is more than just making left turns.

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