Hinwil, 14 October 2021 – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports will take another step forward as Fanatec, the leading sim racing hardware brand, joins the team in a partnership for the 2021 season. The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports drivers will be able to practice and race with the Fanatec Podium Racing Wheel F1 and CSL Elite Pedals with CSL Elite Pedals Loadcell Kit, the golden standard in esports, giving them the most immersive, realistic and true-to-life experience possible.
With more than 20 years of experience at the forefront of sim racing, Fanatec produces the most advanced steering wheels, pedals and complete cockpits for PC and consoles; they are also the official hardware partner of the F1 Esports Pro Series, giving our drivers the opportunity to practice on the same equipment they will race at the highest level of F1 competition.
Fanatec branding will be prominent on the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports team kit, as well as on the steering wheels used by the team. The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports team will compete in the F1 Esports Pro Series with the aim to improve on the second place in last year’s championship, a season in which the team also claimed the Drivers’ Championship.
Frédéric Vasseur, CEO Sauber Group: “Like in F1, in Esports it is fundamental to be able to have access to the best materials: our partnership with Fanatec will allow the drivers of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports team to do just that, and to prepare for this year’s competition in the best possible way. Our objective is to win and Fanatec are helping us do just that.”
Thomas Jackermeier, CEO Fanatec: “We’re really proud to support the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Esports team. Their consistency and raw speed have made them one of the most exciting teams to watch in the F1 Esports Pro Series. By working closely with the drivers and equipping them with cutting-edge Fanatec hardware, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Esports will be able to hone their skills and deliver even greater performances in the upcoming championship.”
About Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies is composed of two operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team; and Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on third-party business in the areas of prototype development and additive manufacturing, in addition to full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and ground-breaking innovation 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 team name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.
Fanatec is the leading brand for dedicated sim racing hardware, including force feedback steering wheels, pedals, and complete cockpits for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC-based racing simulators. Fanatec is a brand of Endor AG, based in Germany, the company has more than 20 years of experience in developing and manufacturing sim racing equipment, constantly striving for innovation and quality. Fanatec is the official hardware partner for several different esports series, including F1 Esports Pro Series, the eSport WRC Championship, and SRO E-sport GT Series, with the sim racing hardware being an integral part of the live broadcasts all over the world. Fanatec is also the main sponsor of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS. Find out more at www.fanatec.com