Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports is the esports team of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, competing in the F1 Esports Series – the official esports tournament of Formula One. Based on the premises of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Brackley, a purpose-built esports training centre provides the team’s gamers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to develop their skills. Being integrated into the Driver-in-Loop Simulator department, where development drivers provide feedback to engineers on a virtual model of the car, the esports programme will benefit from transferable elements pertinent to optimising car set-up and honing race craft.
2018 saw Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports being crowned F1 Esports Pro Series Teams’ Champions in their inaugural season. In 2019, the team embraces the challenge of defending its title in this rapidly growing industry, with gamers Brendon Leigh, Patryk Krutyj and Daniel Shields.
Brendon Leigh is the two-time F1 Esports Pro Series Drivers’ World Champion, having taken the title 2017, and in 2018. The 20-year-old Brit, from Reading, started competing online on the F1 2012 game and has been doing it ever since. 66,000 people entered the first-ever F1 Esports Series in 2017 and Brendon battled through the competition to be crowned champion. He then joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports for the 2018 season and lead the team to the championship with seven wins in ten races. His driving style is fairly aggressive, and he prefers a bit of understeer in the car.
23-year-old Patryk Krutyj from Poland had zero interest in racing games when he first started gaming. When he started watching Formula One, he got more interested in F1 games. He began racing online in 2010 and went on to win four Polish league titles in four years. Patryk joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports for the 2018 season and will be part of the team again in 2019.
New to the F1 Esports Series, is Daniel Shields. The 20-year-old is the first ever Australian gamer to compete in the series.
Daniel entered the 2019 qualifying process through the “DHL 50 Fastest Time Trial” - an invitation only, online trial for aspiring esports drivers. From there, he fought his way into the F1 Esports Pro Draft and impressed Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports and subsequently joined the team.
Daniel is eager to show his pace to the rest of the F1 Esports Series field and help the team towards success in 2019.