Meet The Driver – Part 2

In episode 2 we will have with the defending champion who will be teaming up once again with Wesley this season and they will do so driving for the Scuderia Ferrari. It’s Shaby2K our two time defending champion.

Welcome Shaby!

Let’s start with your name first, how did you get to this username?

I do play CS:GO and am quite good throwing flashbangs like a pro player who is called ‘Stewie2K’. Friends were calling me ‘Shab’ back then, which turned into Shab2K. But when changing the name on PSN, this name was already taken and Shaby2K did sound better so that’s how i got it

How did you get to your driver number?

Abdelhak Nouri 34’ enough said

A little more personal info about you, how old are you and where do you live?

I am 22 years old living in the Netherlands, Amsterdam

What do you do in life? Work, study or something else

I work full-time in an insurance company called ‘a.s.r’. I mostly help customers online on the technical side.

About the racing, what are your expectations for this season?

Expecting a very close championship with multiple drivers having a go for it. Season 3 will be the best one so far. I’m hoping my performance is still good as Ramadan is on the way aswell.

Who do you think are your biggest rivals for the title?

DRA_Jari: I personally think Jari is one of the quickest maybe the quickest right now in Division 1. He has improved alot compared to 1-2 years ago. Qualifying pace is always massive and is quite consistent in the race, not that many penalty’s. So lets see how he performs with pressure.

ERT_GChalkers: Also a very quick driver with potential. If everything goes his way, he is hard to stop. But can make some mistakes when under pressure that can cost him the race.

Prins_killer1: Not the best start last season, but the last few races Prins performed really well and seems to have found some form. I think Prins can definitely be up there, maybe unexpected for some but not for me.

There are ofcourse new drivers who haven’t raced here before, so really curious what they’re going to bring to the table

How do you prepare for a league race?

Barely, i do work at office on raceday so my practice is my 1 hour drive back home. Got time for food and setting up the playseat and lobby invites are already sent out, so almost no preparation. Most of the time i join the party with a few drivers racing and i ask them: Who’s got a setup?!. I’m pretty sure i can get more out of it with more practice, but it is what it is.

How did you get into sim racing? And for how long have you been sim racing?

Loved F1 since 4-5 years old, and eventually got myself a PS4 in 2017 and started F1 from there. Never knew about league racing till 2018, searched for it and found several leagues and had a full week planned with races left and right.

Over the past few years you’ve won quite a few titles, what makes you so successful?

Probably a combination of experience and being very calm. That way i don’t make alot of mistakes but they still happen. And when they happen, i learn from every small mistake and it makes me a better driver at the end

What other games do you like to play?

CS:GO (Counter strike Global Offensive)
Fifa 22
Rocket League
Apex Legends
Oldschool Runescape
Escape From Tarkov

What was your first console?

PS1 if that counts

What was your first F1 game?

F1 Grand Prix (2005)

About real racing, what was the first F1 Grand Prix you watched?

I can’t remember exactly the first race, but it was the year 2006 where Michael Schumacher was going for his 8th World championship that got denied by the driver that still races now, Fernando Alonso.

Have you ever been to a Formula 1 Grand Prix? When and where if so and what is possibly the next one you will visit?

Unfortunately, i haven’t been to any Grand Prix yet. But already got the tickets for Spa, Belgium

Who is or are your favourite drivers?

Michael Schumacher has always been my favourite.
But now, Max Verstappen is my favourite driver out there. 

Do you also follow other series?

I watch F2 races from time to time

And finally, back to you on the sim. How do you race? And can you share a picture of how your setup looks?

I have a Playseat Evolution with the CSL Elite F1 Set attached to it racing on a PS4. 

Anything you would like to add?

Sushi is #1 change my mind

I wouldn’t dare to do so, I love sushi myself as well. Shabby thank you for your time!

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