How Romain Grosjean is giving back to motorsport through racing esports

How Romain Grosjean is giving back to motorsport through racing esports

The Andretti Autosport driver has long supported the efforts of emerging sim racers, and the R8G Esports team is testament to his efforts.

Sitting amongst all the racing suits he has worn since 2000, Romain Grosjean exudes pride.

Most of us admire the current Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver for his career in motorsports. He spent nearly a decade racing in Formula 1 wearing the iconic number 8 on his car while driving for Renault, Lotus and Haas.

And while that same number didn’t carry over to his current job (he’s now 28), Grosjean pays homage to his previous digit in the form of his sim racing team, R8G Sports.

R8G Sports Sebring Le Mans Virtual Series

“It was pretty amazing to have an esports team, but [during] the pandemic had an old friend of mine who worked for 14 years in Formula 1 who was really into esports. And he said to me, ‘You should look into it.’ And you know, he always had an eye on him, because he was there.”

Grosjean is not new to esports. He’s always had a passion for sim racing, going back 10 years actually.

“I was lucky in my life that, you know, the background behind me shows it,” the Swiss native alluded to his racing suits. “Motorsports gave me a lot. [It] I made my life and I thought, how can I give back?

R8G eSports became more than just an idea, launching in April 2020 with just seven drivers, growing to 30 by the end of the season.

Fast forward to today, R8G has added a junior team and a women’s team.

Romain Grosjean eSports Haas

Grosjean’s renewed love of esports continues to benefit the motorsports community by helping young drivers through his passion project.

“We are really trying to push the limits. We are part of all the great championships. We were part of Formula E: Accelerate, Le Mans Virtual Series and Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on iRacing.

“Okay, not everyone is going to be good from sim racing to the real world, so there’s still a bit of a difference. But I am convinced that we can find the next talent through esports. I am trying to push different programs to highlight this in the future.”

#28 Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport Honda, St. Petersburg Street Course, Jake Galstad, Motorsport Images
#28 Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport Honda, St. Petersburg Street Course, Jake Galstad, Motorsport Images

As for the 10-time F1 podium finisher’s esports ambitions, he recently competed in iRacing’s 24 Hours of Daytona alongside Jimmy Broadbent and openly discussed his desire to compete in the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.

To learn more about Grosjean’s esports background, his namesake team and his hopes for the upcoming IndyCar season, you can listen to the latest episode of the Traxion.GG podcast, available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. podcast.

Featured Image Credit: Motorsport Images





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