German Simracer: “Norris needed my help”
“Hey buddy, can you give me tips on how to make the car go faster?” If you’re asked that question by a future Formula 1 star, you must be good at what you do. Professional sim racer Angelo Michel got this message in Lando Norris’ racing simulation iRacing in 2017, when the Brit became Formula 3 champion in the same year.
Michel has now been involved in sim racing for ten years, drives in the top league “Racer League” of the Racing Unleashed Championship “Beyond the Pinnacle”.
“That’s a nice sum for a trainee,” Michel says happily. After completing an automotive mechatronics apprenticeship, the 22-year-old is currently in the final stages of his IT specialist training. Despite his great talent, sim racing only plays a minor role in his life. Michel: “I’d rather have something safe in my hands. Life as a full-time sim racer is risky. You depend on prize money and sponsorship money.”
He took the risk, at least in the beginning. “I had 700 euros in my savings account when I was 14. I invested all of that in a PC suitable for sim racing,” explains the Bavarian. The purchase has long since paid for itself through prize money at various events. Due to his successes, various professional teams became aware of him.