Sebastian Jobe has managed to turn his hobby, virtual racing, into his job. The 22-year-old from East Grinstead, United Kingdom was selected in 2019 Red Bull Racing as an iRacing Specialist. Now he is an official simulator driver of the world champions.
Job has been active in the GT and Grand Prix World Championships on iRacing since 2015 and in 2018 he competed in the real Formula Ford National Championship in England for a season. Red Bull saw his talent in 2019 and signed him to become the team’s iRacing specialist. A year later, he won the Porsche e-sports championship and got the opportunity to participate in the real Formula 1 simulation game. However, the jump from playing to driving in the simulator was bigger than expected. Over the past two years, he’s been working hard in the gym to build up his arm and neck muscles. Now the Austrian team has given him a second chance to be the official simulator driver for Red Bull Racing. He tests the settings of the young drivers of Red Bull in Formula 2 and Formula 3, but also for Sergio Perez and Max Verstappenincluding the setup with which the latter won his home race at Zandvoort.
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No money for real racing
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Ayoub. “When I started racing, I never thought this could happen. It’s an amazing experience to be part of the team and help out in Formula 1. I did karts occasionally as a kid but unfortunately we didn’t have the money to fund a career in racing. Sim racing was the alternative. I would love to compete in the Porsche Supersports Cup, but I can’t deny that this new role feels like a huge step forward in my career.”
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