Romain Grosjean’s R8G E-Sports team will be managing the Uralkali Haas F1 E-Sports Team, ensuring that the former driver remains to have a strong link between himself and the team – albeit a virtual one.
Grosjean, who made close to 100 starts for Haas started R8G E-Sports last year during the lockdown, since then it has grown to one of the most competitive outfits in the virtual arena, taking 45 wins and 103 podiums in 2020. Grosjean’s team currently has 17 pro sim drivers and 5 junior drivers on their books, taking part in races on platforms like iRacing, Assetto Corsa and rFactor2.
Romain Grosjean is very happy to be managing Haas’s entry into the F1 Esports Pro Series, having the experience of the past year in E-Sports, the french driver feels that his success with R8G esports can be carried into his work with Haas.
“I’m very happy to be managing Uralkali Haas F1 Team’s entry this year in the F1 Esports Pro Series through R8G Esports, I’ve been involved in esports for a year now and I believe our team is doing very well.
“For me, being able to help Haas F1 in this field, and going racing together – well, it’s a great story. Obviously, it’s a cool continuation of what we built together. So, I’m very much looking forward to the first race and to see what we can build together in esports competition.”
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner feels that this announcement shows the teams step up of involvement in the E-Sports Arena, being able to partner with a team of the quality of Grosjean’s will help Haas develop into a leading competitor in the virtual world.
Haas did have some success in the F1 Esports Pro Series and winning the Virtual Grand Prix series with Enzo and Pietro Fittipaldi, Steiner hopes that under the guidance of Grosjean, the team can have an even more successful year than the last.
“I’m delighted that we get to utilize Romain’s enthusiasm for esports and R8G Esports’ expertise to oversee our continued participation in the F1 Esports Pro Series, it’s an important step up for us in terms of our involvement from previous seasons. We know we’re partnering with a group that truly understands the demands of the esports environment and can help take our program to the next level.
“We’ve had some memorable points-earning finishes in past F1 Esports Pro Series and won this season’s Virtual Grand Prix Series. It would be fantastic to maintain that form under the guidance of R8G Esports in the F1 Esports Pro Series this season.”