Could the next Formula 1 superstar come from Esports? | CNBC Sports

Could the next Formula 1 superstar come from Esports? | CNBC Sports

Making it onto a real Formula 1 grid alongside
the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel usually involves years of moving through the
ranks, and costs millions of dollars to do so. But now, could there be a new, cost-effective
way of making it into the sport? While the exact figure may
vary from driver to driver, it's estimated if you were to self-fund
your way to the top, you’ll need: The money really starts to ramp
up with two years in Formula 3, and that's before you probably
need another two years in GP2. All in all, there’s around $8 million
dollars of driver investment. And even then, there's no guarantee of
getting picked up by a Formula 1 team. Compare that to the roughly $1,000 needed for a
console and accessories to hone your driving skills. But does that mean you can really make
it from the console to the cockpit? I think it's good that it's becoming much bigger
and providing more opportunities because I think the more people you can have go into racing, the tougher
it's going to get, the more exciting it's going to get. Norris will be driving in Formula 1 for McLaren
from 2019. And he’s also an avid gamer. However, he’s put the brakes on any idea that sim
racing provides shortcuts to a real-world driving seat. The experience of crashing a car and it being costly,
you know, you can’t just hit a reset button and go again. But at the same time, the physical side of
things which you don’t feel so much on a sim. You don’t have the G-forces, you don’t feel it
on your neck, your body, your arms and legs. Here at McLaren, I think they’re good at preparing drivers
in those other areas, but it’s still a very difficult jump. But that doesn’t mean there
isn’t still intense competition, and big money up for grabs,
for competitive gamers. Here at the Formula 1 Esports Pro Series,
18 of the world’s best drivers are competing for a $200,000 dollar prize pot and of course the
title of Formula one esports Series champion. This arena in West London may play host to the
event, but state-of-the-art simulators like this mean that drivers can be easily transported to
famous circuits of Singapore and Silverstone. Nine of the top F1 teams, with the exception
of Ferrari, have been competing as part of a 10-round format,
now in its second year. With driver and constructors titles awarded
and a prize pool of $200,000 dollars. Winning here is about more than
just a race to the chequered flag. And for many of the drivers, it’s a way
they hope will show they can do it for real. Esports is a second chance for a lot of people because,
as you’ve just mentioned people did do karting as a kid, often ran out of money, so they’ve gone to
esports because it’s a low-budget alternative where the racing is actually more
intense and closer than real life. My ultimate goal is to get to be the first
Formula 1 driver that's come from F1 esports, but yeah, I think it’s definitely doable. Formula 1's former boss Bernie Ecclestone didn't
really see the benefit in engaging with younger fans. Famously saying in 2014, "Young kids will see the Rolex
brand, but are they going to go out and buy one?” But now, esports is just one way that Formula 1 is
accelerating interest for a new generation of fans. The difficulty or one of the challenges with Formula 1
is that it's not necessarily the most accessible sport. You couldn’t just jump
into an F1 car. But the beauty about esports is that actually it
bridges that gap, it gives an opportunity to kids who love racing, to experience racing in a way that is
accessible and also in a way that’s very transferable. More than 70,000 race-loving gamers entered
the qualifying process for this season, creating more than three million views on
social media during its first live event. So Formula One may not have been the
first sport to enter the e-gaming arena, but events like this show that
it's certainly back on the pace. Hi guys, Adam here. Hope
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4 Replies to “Could the next Formula 1 superstar come from Esports? | CNBC Sports”

  1. Maybe they should add some risk by forcing the gamers who are in the competition to pay a penalty for damaging or wrecking their “cars” in the game.

  2. You know what they say about money. Create attention and money will follow.That's why we say "PAY ATTENTION"

  3. U can only simulate a crash in games but can u make feel the effect and pain of it IRL? , it may be cheap but not a whole lot logical(for me)
    Eg: If u can drive f1 with just playing sim, then u can certainly make sim for driving license test and if passed, give them real world license to drive too.
    Anyway speed kills sign is of no use for some I guess.

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