Fernando Alonso si lancia nel eSport con un team ufficiale tutto suo! La squadra si chiamerà FA Racing G2 ed è stata appena presentata nel paddock di Abu Dhabi. Il team dell’asturiano sarà presente nell’élite della competizione virtuale: “I tempi divertenti stanno arrivando”, dice Fernando nel trailer di presentazione. Il pilota aggiunge: “Da oggi avrò un team di eSports professionista, FA Racing si unirà a eSports e sono molto emozionato”, ha spiegato lo spagnolo a Yas Marina, accompagnato da Sean Bratches, direttore commerciale della Formula 1, e dal partner tecnico Logitech.
“Qualche mese fa ho ricevuto una proposta da uno dei nostri partner e ho pensato che fosse una buona idea collegare questi due sport, i tifosi non sarebbero più solo spettatori, ma avranno un ruolo cruciale, potrebbero un giorno guidare per la mia squadra, sono estremamente felice”. L’obiettivo ovviamente è quello di regalare ai tifosi l’opportunità di essere protagonisti dello sport: “Abbiamo qualche idea per i nostri fan. La tecnologia è là fuori e negli ultimi cinque o sei anni è cambiata molto, nessuno sa cosa riserva il futuro in un paio d’anni, ma è vero che sia in Formula 1 che nel mondo del motorsport i posti sono limitati. Nel gioco, invece, le possibilità sono illimitate e questo è qualcosa che vogliamo esplorare”, ha continuato entusiasta Fernando Alonso.
Two-Time F1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso joins forces with Logitech G, G2 Esports to launch sim racing team
Today, F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, Logitech G, a global leader in gaming gear and simulation wheels, and G2 Esports, the leading esports team worldwide, announced a new, elite racing team - FA Racing G2 Logitech G. The team will participate across a variety of games, console and PC platforms, as well as all current competitions.
Professional teams are critical to sustaining the phenomenal growth of esports and to simulation racing in particular. Through this collaboration FA Racing, G2 Esports and Logitech G become the first racing team to partner with an F1 champion, and aim to create a team that all sim racing enthusiasts will aspire to. The team are pleased to confirm that Cem Bolukbasi, a finalist in this year’s F1 esports championship taking place in Abu Dhabi this week, has already signed up.
“Every Formula 1 driver is a gamer at heart," said Fernando Alonso. "Competing on the virtual stage opens a vast amount of possibilities for young drivers that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to get into racing. For the first time ever, fans are no longer just spectators but can take part in the game and maybe become real e-drivers on my team. I cannot think of better partners than G2 Esports and Logitech G to start this up with and I am raring to get going!”
“Logitech G has played an important role in supporting the development of esports since 1997,” said Kristian Tear, head of EMEA at Logitech. “We are excited about this partnership with G2 Esports and Fernando Alonso and look forward to working together on building new driving programs and the best gear for professional racing."
G2 Esports CEO Carlos 'ocelote' Rodriguez said: “Combining my two early passions for esports and motorsport to create an elite team headed by a two-time Formula One World Champion and living legend is a childhood dream for me. This partnership brings the competitive part of racing to a new level and I am proud to lead the efforts in such good company.”
I was shocked - in a good way - when I found out the participation numbers and the online viewership of esports competitions. It’s massive, so me and my crew have to be there, doing our best to be a lighthouse to connect our two fantastic worlds… traditional motorsport fans and the new generations that develop their skills every day in sim racing.”
About Fernando Alonso
Pushing boundaries and reaching the incredible is something one could say about Fernando Alonso. After establishing the passion for karting at young age, in 1996 he proved his ambition and skill becoming world karting champion. His talent was soon noticed and he started his long lasting Formula One relationship. In September of 2005, 24-year-old Fernando won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship title becoming the youngest holder of the title at the time and defending it in a consecutive year. Currently Fernando is racing for McLaren-Honda. He is the only Spanish driver to have won a Formula One Grand Prix and is the driver with the sixth highest number of Grand Prix wins, 32.
This year seems to be the year of new beginnings for Fernando Alonso. In May he tried himself as a racer outside Formula One and made his debut in Indianapolis 500 earning the Rookie of the Year award. Shortly after the famous racer introduced his new fashion brand KIMOA, which will also be represented in the FA Racing G2 Logitech G apparel.
About Logitech G
Logitech G, a brand of Logitech International, is the global leader in PC gaming gear. Logitech G is dedicated to providing gamers of all levels with industry leading keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads and simulation products such as wheels and flight sticks - made possible through innovative design, advanced technologies and a deep passion for gaming. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech G at www.LogitechG.com, the company blog or @LogitechG.
About G2 Esports
G2 Esports is a World Premier Esports Club representing some of the best competitive players around the globe. G2 Esports was founded in 2013 by Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez, a former star player in League of Legends. It was built with the desire to bring innovation into esports team management and business whilst upholding our core values of integrity and professionalism. Currently G2 Esports is represented by 12 teams across the biggest esports titles, including League of Legends, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Rocket League, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Vainglory, Paladins, Smash Bros. Melee and the newly added Sim Racing squad.
Despite being a rather young organisation we have a remarkable track record of competitive success, outperforming a long line of established esports clubs:
- Titleholder and four time consecutive winner of the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) – Spring/Summer 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017
- Second place at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational succumbing only to the ruling Worlds and MSI Champions SK Telecom T1
- CS:GO team in 2017 became ESL Pro League Season 5, DreamHack Tours and DreamHack Masters Malmö Champions
- G2 Hearthstone Team was awarded twice consecutively the best Hearthstone team in the World in 2015 and 2016, and the G2 Rocket League Team won the first World Championship in 2016.
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