F1 champions Mercedes sign virtual champ for esports team

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

All three participated in last year's F1 eSports Series finals with Jacks placing ninth overall while Kruytj ended up 14th.

The world champions have recruited the inaugural F1 Esports Series champion Brendon Leigh, alongside fellow gamers Harry Jacks, Patryk Krutyi and Dani Bereznay, who was selected by the team at the F1 Esports Pro Draft.

Mail Esports spoke to Brendon Leigh following his victory a year ago.

Our love for Mercedes-AMG Petronas as a team in F1 aside, this little esports team seems to be incredibly strong especially with the inclusion of Leigh.

Jacks is known in the F1 eSports community for competing in number of online racing championship, as well as being part of McLaren's World Fastest Gamer contest past year.

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports team will be based in Brackley, the same location as their official Formula 1 team, where a purpose-built eSports training facility will provide the four players the latest technology and equipment to develop their skills. The state-of-the-art facility features a Driver-In-Loop Simulator, where F1 drivers provide engineering feedback on virtual auto models.

The esports programme has also aimed to focus on the human performance aspect as part of their development and will give the Esports team members access to the on-site Performance Centre covering the core areas of nutrition, physical conditioning and wellbeing that support the gamers in reaching their full potential.

Construction of the facility is underway and the 2018 F1 eSports Series will kick off this October.

A number of the teams are also looking to the future, and are planning to compete in other sim racing events in addition to the F1 Esports Series.

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