Max versus Mexican magician

Verstappen takes on FIFA video game star Ulibarri ahead of Sunday’s Mexican GP.

Formula 1 star Max Verstappen has been used to getting his own way on the track recently for Red Bull Racing, however he had to take a back seat in a video game clash in Mexico this week.

The Dutchman won the Malaysian Grand Prix and then finished second in Japan with only a controversial five-second penalty depriving him of a thrilling podium last time out at the US GP in Austin.

Ahead of Sunday’s Mexican GP at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, the 20-year-old joined video game hero Rodrigo Ulibarri for a FIFA clash and a spin behind the wheel of an F1 game too.

Twenty-five-year-old Ulibarri moved into the booming competitive video game world after injury curtailed his ambition to become a professional footballer.

Since he started in 2012, the genial Mexican has carved out a global name for himself in FIFA circles culminating in his duel with Max – fresh from signing a new contract until 2020 with Red Bull Racing last week in Texas.

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