Mercedes has launched its Formula 1 eSports team and announced a roster packed with talent ahead of the finals.
The Brackley outfit has signed three drivers to partner Hungarian Daniel Bereznay, who they picked up in last month’s Pro Draft. Bereznay is joined by the 2017 F1 eSports champion, Brendon Leigh, alongside Harry Jacks and Patrick Kruytj.
All three participated in last year’s F1 eSports Series finals with Jacks placing ninth overall while Kruytj ended up 14th. Each driver has a resume full of championships in multiple leagues, with Jacks and Leigh both possessing multiple titles in the highly competitive AOR Racing League.
Jacks was also selected to race in McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition last year, eventually being beaten by Dutchman Rudy Van Buren.
The team will reportedly be based in Brackley alongside the F1 factory and have access to a purpose-built eSports training centre alongside the simulator and other facilities used by the F1 team.
The four drivers will compete over the following weeks for three spots on the F1 eSports Series team. As the rules state that there are only three active spots on each team, the drivers will have to battle to secure a spot in the autumn finals.