Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has announced the remaining drivers of its Formula One team along with the launch of an esports division as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports.
Mercedes-AMG has already been at the forefront of Formula One esports with Brendon Leigh winning the World Champions in the inaugural season last year. Going into the second season Mercedes-AMG have kept Leigh along with signing Harry Jacks and Patryk Krutyj. The Formula One team also signed Daniel Bereznay at the Pro Draft last month. This rounds out the roster for the squad going into the F1 Esports Series set to begin in October. As the second season approaches all four drivers will actually compete against each other for a maximum of three active participating spots on the team.
The organisation’s new esports program, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Esports, will be based in Brackley, England where the Formula One team will have access to a customized training centre with “state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to develop their skills”. The facility will also help the drivers focus on human performance covering areas of nutrition, physical conditioning and well-being. The statement says construction on the training centre is expected to begin in the following weeks.
In April, Mercedes-AMG and eight other Formula One teams joined the F1 Esports Series for its second competitive season beginning in October. 40 drivers made it to the Pro Draft giving nine teams the ability to pick one or two drivers.
Esports Insider says: Formula 1 certainly kicked off with a bang in its inaugural season and as Mercedes-AMG look to yet another top quality team the organisation has certainly taken their time picking out the drivers that fit the best. While the Pro Draft was a spectacle to be seen it obviously wasn’t the end for scouting as we saw Mercedes-AMG only draft one player and fill out the rest on their own. We’ll have to see if that choice was a smart one for the team as the second season begins.