Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has launched his own
sim racing team that will compete across a variety of platforms.
Grosjean has competed in 164 Formula 1 grands prix for
Renault, Lotus and Haas since making his debut in 2009, taking 10 podium
Real-life motorsport has been on hiatus since mid-March due
to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a date for its resumption yet to be
Several leading series have already created virtual
competitions – including Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula E – with drivers
acquiring gaming set-ups in order to participate.
Grosjean is not one of the seven Formula 1 racers to have
participated in the Virtual Grands Prix but has recently taken delivery of a
gaming rig and is understood to be eager to join in the future.
On Thursday it was announced that Grosjean, along with his personal sponsors, have created the R8G Sim Racing Team, with its line-up due to be revealed later this month.
RG8 Sim Racing Team’s partnership with Praga Karts means
virtual competitors will have the opportunity to test with Praga’s factory
team, with a view of taking part in the X30 World Championship event at Le
“Launching my own sim racing team is a proud moment because
I’m passionate about motorsport, innovation and embracing new challenges,” said
“I think the team structure we have created is unique and
will be instrumental in helping us to achieve the ambitious targets we have
“We’ve all seen the driver talent that is emerging from sim
racing and it’s impressive.
“Our goal is to reward and try to develop those drivers that
have the potential to race for real.”