Sim racing professional and former winner of the World’s Fastest Gamer competition, Rudy van Buren, has become Oracle Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 simulator test and development driver.
This follows a year, during 2018, in a similar role at McLaren’s F1 team – a reward for winning the reality TV show in 2017. This was followed by a simulator development role at the Mahindra Formula E team for over two years.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said van Buren to Traxion.GG.
“It’s a new challenge with new goals. I’ve been doing some simulator days in the last two years for the team. Now we are going to increase the number of sessions and dedication.
“From now on we ramp it up towards 2023 and then continue strong in the coming years.”
The Dutch competitor will partake in testing on the Thursday and Friday before Grand Prix, helping the F1 team with set-up and part evaluation from its Milton Keynes base in the United Kingdom.
Following his World’s Fastest Gamer victory, he also went on to co-host the second season, won by James Baldwin. Aside from racing esports, van Buren also competes in the real-world taking two podiums on the way to fifth in the 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and embarking on a season in the Porsche Supercup with Huber Racing in 2022.
He was also part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual GTE class-winning BMW Team Redline team earlier this year.
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