F1 2017

Williams Launches Official Formula 1 Esports Team

Article By 
Alan Walsh
May 10, 2018
F1 2017

Williams Launches Official Formula 1 Esports Team

Article By 
Alan Walsh
May 10, 2018

Williams Grand Prix Engineering has launched an official esports team to compete in a range of online sim-racing competitions, the company announced today in a press release.

The newly-formed esports team will run competitions for aspiring gamers to earn their place on the roster to compete in a variety of sim-racing competitions throughout the season. Details of these competitions, games and series will be announced in the future.

Esports drivers will have access to the Williams team factory in Oxfordshire for training and events, as well as the chance to work in the team’s Formula One simulator with technical staff and drivers, including Robert Kubica.

“Gaming and motorsport have had strong links for many years. Now, esports is an innovative part of the sport and entertainment landscape, so this is a natural evolution of our competitive spirit,” said Steven English, Head of Williams Creative Services. “We’re ambitious about developing opportunities for our fans and our partners in this new and exciting space for us.”

The first three drivers signed to the Williams eSports roster have already been confirmed, and these are Javier Perez, Jani Vitsaniemi and Bernardo Perez. The team will be managed by Javier Guerra, who founded the sim racing team JIM Racing in 2011.

Guerra will co-ordinate and develop the team’s activities across the sim racing landscape. JIM Racing will also continue, but under the name of Williams JIM Racing Junior. This adds another option for aspiring professional gamers to graduate to Williams eSports in future.

“Esports has grown dramatically in recent years to become a huge global industry, so we’re eager to take on the challenge of growing sim racing’s place in the esports world,” Guerra said. “We’re looking forward to developing our roster of drivers, offering a select number the incredible chance to become part of the Williams family.”

Nine official teams from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship have already confirmed their participation in the 2018 Formula 1 Esports Pro Series, and Williams is indeed one of them. Team will have the opportunity to select their drivers from this year’s Pro Draft event in July, ahead of the upcoming Pro Series races held over three live events later this year, which will be played on the upcoming F1 2018 game.

In its press release, Williams said that esports gives the team the opportunity to compete in “a burgeoning industry, providing both new and existing fans with opportunities to engage with the team in a diverse and accessible arena.” It has already setup official Twitter and Instagram pages dedicated to the esports team, whilst additional details will be revealed during the season on the official Williams eSports website.

The William eSports team will compete in a range of series and events across multiple platforms over the next year, and it’ll even run competitions for players to earn their place on the roster, as mentioned above. Details of these events will be shared on the official social media pages for the William eSports team, as well as their website.

Alan Walsh

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