Force India’s Three E-Sports Drivers Now Confirmed
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 | Ravenol Marketing
Force India and partners Hype Energy have now completed their linup of e-sports drivers with the selection of Fabrizio Donoso Delgado at the Formula One E-sports Series Pro Draft. Under the team name “Hype Energy eForce India”, Fabrizo will line up alongside Mads Sørensen and Marcel Kiefer to drive the virtual Pink Panthers in this season’s competition, taking place in October and November.
Dane Mads Sørensen is in his 3rd season of simracing and competed in last year’s Abu Dhabi finals, where he claimed the DHL Fastest Lap Award.
“It took a while for the realisation to sink in, but to be racing for Hype Energy eForce India is a great opportunity to learn about myself and improve as a driver,” he said. “The F1 Esports Series is going to be very competitive and anything can happen. The team setup and the approach of the participants is going to be much more professional than last year. As Hype Energy eForce India drivers, we will have access to the knowledge and experience of some of the leading people in Formula One and simracing, and we will turn this into performance in the Esports Series.
German team mate Marcel Kiefer is a novice in simracing terms, having started racing competitively only after the launch of the F1 2017 game. He qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 F1 E-sports Series, but narrowly missed out on a place in the finals, something he is hoping to improve on this year.
“I was confident an opportunity to show what hard work and motivation can do would come, but I didn’t know when,” he admitted. “To be able to work with the team is incredible. I am confident we can be very successful and I will work hard with my teammates to help the team in the constructors’ championship.
“The battle at the top will be tight, as always, because the other drivers are among the best in the world. I am looking forward to working with the team because that will help me improve as a driver. Simracers often do all their work alone, but now we have the support of a professional team behind us, people who know what to do with a real Formula One car and who can transfer their skills to esports.”
F1 E-sports Pro Draft pick, Chilean Fabrizio Donoso Delgado, was last year’s F1 Esports runner-up and Hype Energy eForce India’s only selection. Prior to the announcement he posted on his Twitter account @FDonoso99 that it was “the most important day in my life” and was so happy with being selected by Force India he was moved to tears back stage after the selection ceremony.
“What can I say, my dream has come true, I’m still lost of words,” he told his followers. “Exciting times ahead, can’t wait for the championship, until then I will be practicing and putting all my efforts onto this year to win the title.”
We wish Marcel, Mads and Fabrizo all the best for this year's Formula One e-sports competition and look forward to seeing the virtual Pink Panthers in action!