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Maximilian Benecke

  • German flag

    German

  • Age:

    23

  • Gamertag:

    Slaizze

Result

  • /  Qualification:

    Round 1

  • /  Semi-final:

    5th place

  • /  Grand Final:

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Q&A

Q: Who is your favourite F1 driver ever?

A: Michael Schumacher of course, because he is German and he won seven world titles. I watched his races when I was younger and I'd say he's the best driver of all time. As far as today's drivers go, it's quite hard to say who's the best. I'd say that Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the top three.

Q: Which circuit is your favourite on F1 2017?

A: The best track for me is COTA (Circuit of The Americas). It has everything - fast corners, slow corners, long straights, overtaking opportunities. It's really fun with the differences in elevation too.

Q: Which car is your favourite to drive on F1 2017?

A: We tend to race the cars on a level playing field with equal performance, so for me it's a case of simply choosing the one that looks the best. I love the Toro Rosso.

Q: How much practice do you put in on F1 2017?

A: When there is a competition, you need to practise a lot. 65,000 people entered and you can have 40 drivers all within a tenth of a second of each other, so practice can make all the difference. In a normal a week I'd practise 2 to3 hours a day, but ahead of Abu Dhabi I'm aiming for as much as 8 hours per day.

Q: How nervous do you get, knowing that one mistake can cost you so much?

A: Before the qualifying starts I am quite nervous, but once I get in position I am much calmer.

Q: Who is your toughest online opponent?

A: It's a tough question as they are all very fast. I think it's more important to focus on yourself and ensure that you are in the right frame of mind to perform to your best instead of worrying too much about who you are racing against.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about going to Abu Dhabi for the Finals?

A: I have never been to Abu Dhabi so it's going to be a great experience to travel there. It will also be my first time at a Grand Prix so I am very excited about that.