Romain Grosjean is the next driver to enter the world of esports. He does this by setting up his own team, R8G Sim Racing Team.
Since the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellations of real races, more and more drivers have started sim racing at home. Drivers like Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon and George Russell have thrown themselves into F1's Virtual Grands Prix, but Romain Grosjean takes a different approach. The Haas driver also drives around on the virtual circuits and now sets up his own sim racing team. R8G Sim Racing Team will “compete on different platforms and is determined to become a major player in online racing”. The full line-up with drivers will be announced later this month.
“I am proud to launch my own sim racing team, because I am passionate about motorsport, innovation and taking on new challenges,” said Grosjean. "I think the team structure we have created is unique and will be important to help us achieve our ambitious goals." The Frenchman hopes that the team can give drivers the chance to take the step from sim racing to the real circuits in the future. “We have all seen the talents that come up in sim racing and it is impressive. Our goal is to reward those drivers who have the potential and try to develop for real racing. It is an exciting prospect for everyone involved in the R8G Sim Racing Team. ”
For the project, Grosjean is working with a number of Haas personal sponsors and partners, including Richard Mille and MindMaze. There is also close cooperation with Triple A e-Sports, which recently celebrated some successes in esports events with DTM driver Daniel Juncadella, among others. Unlike the seven drivers who competed in the Virtual Grand Prix of China last weekend, Grosjean has not yet shown himself at the Formula 1 esports events, but he was supplied with a home race simulator earlier this month.