While Romain Grosjean may have departed Haas and Formula 1 for 2021, switching to IndyCar, the two sides will continue working closely together this year.
Haas' esports operations, and participation in the official 2021 F1 Esports Pro Series, will be managed and overseen by Romain Grosjean's increasingly strong R8G Esports team.
Grosjean joined Haas at the end of 2015, as they joined Formula 1 for the first time, and raced for the American team until the end of the 2020 season.
“I’m very happy to be managing Uralkali Haas F1 Team’s entry this year in the F1 Esports Pro Series through R8G Esports,” Grosjean said.
“I’ve been involved in esports for a year now and I believe our team is doing very well. For me, being able to help Haas F1 in this field, and going racing together – well, it’s a great story.
"Obviously, it’s a cool continuation of what we built together. So, I’m very much looking forward to the first race and to see what we can build together in esports competition.”
Grosjean's R8G Esports team has grown considerably over the past year, with the team currently having 17 pro sim racers and five juniors on its books.
They race across all major sim platforms, with racing on iRacing, rFactor2, Raceroom, Assetto Corsa and Gran Turismo.
While Haas have had to look elsewhere for their drive line-up for 2021, the obviously strong friendship between Haas and Grosjean has meant that team boss Guenther Steiner has faith the Frenchman can help bolster the team's fortunes.
“I’m delighted that we get to utilize Romain’s enthusiasm for esports and
R8G Esports’ expertise to oversee our continued participation in the F1
Esports Pro Series,” remarked Guenther Steiner
“It’s an important step up for us in terms of our involvement from previous seasons. We know we’re partnering with a group that truly understands the demands of the esports environment and
can help take our program to the next level.
"We’ve had some memorable points-earning finishes in past F1 Esports Pro Series and won this season’s Virtual Grand Prix Series. It would be fantastic to maintain that form under the guidance of R8G Esports in the F1 Esports Pro Series this season.”
Details of Haas' F1 Team Esports driver line-up is yet to be confirmed.