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F1: Inside Red Bull's virtual world

Updated 0709 GMT (1509 HKT) July 1, 2016
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The Red Bull Racing driver simulator gets a thumbs up from French GP2 racer Pierre Gasly. Sarah Holt / CNN
"I spend around 30 days in the simulator a year," Gasly explains to CNN's The Circuit on a visit to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes, England. Sarah Holt / CNN
Wraparound screens enclose the drivers in a virtual world. "It needs more mental focus than an F1 car," Gasly explains. Getty Images/Red Bull Racing
The simulator plays an important part in building an F1 car. "We do a lot of development work in the simulator, testing different aerodynamic pieces on the car for example," adds Gasly. Charles Coates/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo (left) and Max Verstappen (right) regularly use the simulator to sharpen their racing senses and learn new tracks, like the new city center circuit in Azerbaijan capital Baku, shown here. Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images,
Even former F1 world champions can't resist a spin in the Red Bull Racing simulator. American legend Mario Andretti -- winner of the 1978 world title -- tries the sim out for size on a visit to the team in 2011. Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen tries his hand in the F1 game zone simulator at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix. Peter Fox/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images