Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports will compete in the F1 Esports Series 2018. Based on the premises of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Brackley, a purpose-built esports training centre provides the team’s gamers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to develop their skills. Being integrated into the Driver-in-Loop Simulator department, where development drivers provide feedback to engineers on a virtual model of the car, the esports program will benefit from transferable elements pertinent to optimising car set-up and honing race craft.
Human performance is also be a focus of the program, with the on-site Performance Centre covering the core areas of nutrition, physical conditioning and wellbeing that support the gamers in reaching their full potential.
Brendon Leigh is the reigning Formula One Esports Series World Champion, having taken the title in the sport’s first Esports tournament in 2017. The 19-year-old Brit, from Reading, started competing online on the F1 2012 game and has been doing it ever since. 66,000 people entered the 2017 Esports series and Brendon battled through the competition to be crowned champion. His driving style is fairly aggressive, and he prefers a bit of understeer in the car.
Harry Jacks from Lowestoft, Suffolk, first started playing racing games on F1 1997 and started competing online in 2011, on F1 2010. He made the final in McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition last year and has numerous league titles to his name. He describes his driving style as smooth and precise. Harry says it is an “honour and a privilege” to be part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team, believing he has been chosen for his pedigree and history on previous F1 games despite not being on the scene in recent years.
22-year-old Patryk Krutyj from Poland had zero interest in racing games when he first started gaming, instead preferring Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. When he started watching Formula One, he got more interested in F1 games and started playing them. He began racing online in 2010 and went on to win four Polish league titles in four years. He has a small link to Mercedes, having met Toto at the 2015 Hungarian GP after winning Paddock Passes in the Fan Zone. He explained his story and Toto told Patryk to email him. He believes this helped him be chosen for the team.
18-year-old Dani Bereznay is a student from Hungary, who was selected by the team after making it to the final 40 of the F1 Esports Series 2018 Pro Draft. Having started out playing rally games, he started playing F1 games in 2007 and has always played on PC using a wheel. He’s a recent online league competitor, only starting in 2017, but was soon on the top step of the podium. Despite his busy school schedule, Dani describes his driving style as adaptable and cautious.
F1 Esports Series Schedule
2018 Information - Timetable
|Wednesday 10 October||Live Show 1 – Qualifying and Final||GFinity Arena, London|
|Wednesday 31 October||Live Show 2 – Qualifying and Final||GFinity Arena, London|
|Friday 16 November||Live Show 3 – Qualifying||GFinity Arena, London|
|Saturday 17 November||Live Show 3 – Final||GFinity Arena, London|