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There are many sim racing games out there, but which one exactly do pros use?
Well, that depends.
You can meet pros in games such as iRacing, Assetto Corsa, rFactor, rFactor 2, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Automobilista, Automobilista 2, and different games. There is no rule.
To be fair, you can meet them in almost every sim racing game. Almost every popular sim racing game was tried by some pro racing drivers from real life. We saw some drivers from Formula 1 in rFactor 2, iRacing, and more games.
But what games are most popular amongst pros?
Here’s how I see it.
iRacing may not be the newest or the shiniest sim racing game, but it's undeniably one of the most competitive.
Not only it’s one of the most popular games in the genre, but it’s also a favorite one for many pros, including real racing drivers.
The game's iRating and match-making systems make for intense races against equally skilled opponents which may help you to develop your skills gradually, racing against better and better drivers.
iRacing is also renowned for its meticulously scanned tracks and cars. Plus, it offers a wealth of content without the need for external mods.
For those seeking true-to-life physics, rFactor 2 takes the crown. Many sim racers, both virtual and real, consider it the ultimate sim racing game in terms of realism. For this reason, this game is often used in professional simulators of real racing teams.
Also, the game's impressive AI makes it a hit amongst pros who enjoy single-player action or don't have good enough internet connection.
This game could be challenging and fun even against bots.
Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC)
If you're into GT racing, ACC should be on your radar.
This relatively new sim racing game boasts stunning visuals, immersive sounds, and impressive physics.
Thanks to these things and this game’s popularity, it’s not hard to find some pros out there. Sometimes, you can even meet them in public lobbies.
ACC also has one of the best AI in the genre. Even though the possible opponent skill level could be a little bit higher, if you choose the right one, it may feel like a real race against pros. Personally, I enjoy this feature and play it pretty often when I want to chill with a controller (so I won't ruin anyone's race).
This could be very important for people who don’t always want the multiplayer competition.
What Sim Racing game does Max Verstappen play?
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen is well known in our sim racing community. He often talks about his love for simulators, using them both for training and as a hobby.
Verstappen's endorsement has even introduced many newcomers to the sim racing community – kudos, Max!
So, what games does Max play? While he dabbles in various sim racing titles, he plays mainly iRacing.
Sim Racing is a whole genre. There is no such thing as the best or only game.
Don't hesitate to explore different games and discover what suits your preferences. The games you play can depend on your mood, the availability of races or leagues, and other factors. In fact, many professional sim racers switch games depending on for what league or event they are preparing to at the time.
Honestly? If it's a good sim, just play what you like the most.
If you get pro in one of the most popular sim racing games, you’ll likely be very good in each of them. At the end of the day, they’re all racing simulators.