Romain Grosjean’s tenure behind the wheel of Haas Formula 1 machinery came to a close last November but the Frenchman will retain a virtual link to the team in 2021.
Grosjean’s R8G Esports outfit, which was founded last year, will manage Haas’ operations in the 2021 F1 Esports Pro Series.
Grosjean started 98 grands prix across five seasons for Haas but his Formula 1 career came to a close after his fiery crash in Bahrain last year.
He will compete on road and street courses for Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar this year but will keep an affiliation with Haas.
“I’m very happy to be managing Haas’ entry this year in the F1 Esports Pro Series through R8G Esports,” stated Grosjean.
“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 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.”
Added Haas boss Guenther Steiner: “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.”