Hinwil, 28th May 2021 – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports Team have unveiled Filip Prešnajder and Thijmen Schutte as the two latest additions to their roster for the 2021 season. The highly rated duo join Simon Weigang to launch Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports Team’s campaign for the 2021 F1 Esports Championship title.
18-year-old Slovak, Prešnajder joins from Ferrari, where he competed in his debut season after being selected as the first pick out of the 237,000 entries in last season’s F1 Esports Pro Draft. Dutchman Schutte, an up-and-coming talent making his F1 Esports debut in 2021, will also contribute to a youthful and skilled squad.
Filip Prešnajder: “I feel very privileged to be joining forces with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports Team, one of the best teams in the business for the upcoming F1 Esports season. I am really thankful to them for putting their trust into me and I will do my best to repay them with the best possible results on track.”
Thijmen Schutte: “This is my first season with an F1 Esports team and I’m really looking forward to the challenge against the very best sim racers in the world. It’s an honour to join a team with such a rich history in the competition and I can’t wait to get started.”
Jamie MacLaurin, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports Team: “We have followed Filip and Thijmen’s development closely over the past few months and have been really impressed by their pace and temperament off track. They are really exciting talents, and we look forward to working with them over the course of 2021 and beyond.”
About Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies is composed of three operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team; Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on prototype development and additive manufacturing; and Sauber Aerodynamik AG, which conducts full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and creates ground-breaking innovations in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely and share know-how to apply the expertise of more than 500 dedicated individuals at the headquarter in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects. Since its founding in 1970, the passion for racing has been at the heart of Sauber.
For more than 50 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development and construction of race cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional and privately held teams in the sport. After 25 years of competition in Formula One, the company launched a long-term partnership with Alfa Romeo in 2018 and enters the 2021 championship under the new team name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.