Franco-Swiss racing driver Romain Grosjean will keep his name in the Haas Formula One scene, as his R8G esports team will be managing the Haas F1 esports team with their entry in the 2021 series.
The R8G team is made up of 17 pro sim racers and five junior drivers. Founded in April 2020, it had achieved 45 victories within its first year.
Grosjean had worked alongside Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner since the Formula One’s American team establishment in 2016.
Steiner said, “I’m delighted that we get to utilise 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.”
Starting 98 races, Grosjean departed from Haas alongside Danish driver Kevin Magnussen after he had his seat taken by rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
The 34-year old exited the Formula One racing scene after the horrifying crash and fire accident during the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Grosjean said, “I’m very happy to be managing Uralkali Haas F1 Team’s entry this year in the F1 Esports Pro Series through R8G Esports. He will now be racing with Dale Coyne Racing in the 2021 IndyCar Series in America.
“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.”
Author: Catherine Micallef