Williams has created a team like Renault before them to compete in the F1 Esports Series. This team is a fully supported part of the Williams F1 franchise and represents one more traditional sports company joining the Esports movement.
Javier Guerra has been tapped to lead the effort. Javier is the founder of JIM Racing, a fixture in the Spanish Esports scene since 2011.
“Esports has grown dramatically in recent years to become a huge global industry, so we’re eager to take on the challenge of growing sim racing’s place in the esports world,” Guerra said. “We’re looking forward to developing our roster of drivers, offering a select number the incredible chance to become part of the Williams family.”
The first players to be signed are Javier Perez, Jani Vitsaniemi and Bernardo Perez. All have made names for themselves in various leagues but they will be training primarily for the F1 Esports summer season. The team will be able to train directly at the Williams Base via traditional games and on the cutting edge simulator as well.
About Williams F1:
Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been winning grands prix for more than three decades. The Williams name has been synonymous with top-level motorsport since the 1960s.
After running teams on the sport’s nursery slopes, team patron Frank Williams founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966 and entered F1 in 1969 with his friend Piers Courage behind the wheel. Frank quickly earned a reputation as one of the industry’s more determined individuals and, after selling his controlling interest in his original team, he established Williams Grand Prix Engineering with British engineer Patrick Head in 1977. . They built their first car, the FW06, the following year and the team immediately went from strength-to-strength.
Williams has since won 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles, nine for constructors and seven for drivers, and is the third most successful team on the grid.