Haas F1 Team is ready to commence battle in the 2022 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship featuring an updated line-up for this season, with Matthijs van Erven being joined by exciting new talents Thomas Ronhaar and Piotr Stachulec.
Thomas Ronhaar joins Haas F1 Team Esports fresh from winning the 2022 F1 Esports Series Pro Exhibition. The three-day event, where 26 of the world’s fastest young sim racing talents were put through their paces across a series of races and other challenges, saw the 17-year-old Dutchman prevail over his rivals by winning the title with a convincing 12-point lead.
Piotr Stachulec is the team’s second new recruit for this season. The youngest member of Haas F1 Team Esports, at 16-years-old, finished the 2022 F1 Esports Series Pro Exhibition in an impressive fourth place. Despite only competing competitively for a year, the Polish sim racer also came runner-up in the 2022 F1 Esports Challenger Series.
Matthijs van Erven remains with the team for a second season after showing promising form throughout the competition, highlighted by a 6th place finish at the final event of 2021 in Interlagos, Brazil.
The 2022 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship begins this Wednesday, September 14, over 12 rounds across four events. There’s more action for fans this year with longer, 50% races and an additional day of racing that includes qualifying and the main event. For a second season, Haas F1 Team Esports will work in collaboration with R8G Esports who will manage operations and provide expert guidance and support to drivers.
Romain Grosjean, Founder of R8G, said: “We’re heading into our second season of Formula 1 Esports with Haas F1 Team. We knew the 2021 season was a year to learn and it was tough, but our progress at the end of the season was positive enough to prove we can do it. We’ve kept working behind the scenes since the end of 2021. Now, we’re all focused on being one of the main surprises of the season, with a great renewed roster. Formula 1 Esports is so competitive, the tension is so high, and the gaps are so close that we know we will have to give 100 percent to every moment on track. Let’s race!”
Thomas Ronhaar, Haas F1 Team Esports driver, said: “It’s key to learn and develop in the first few rounds, reflect on how the sessions went and learn from every error I make. Only then will we be able to optimize our set-ups, strategy and teamwork. Hopefully, with this mindset, I will be able to score a good amount of points to fight with the top drivers during the season. My goal this season is to finish at the very front. It’s not going to be an easy task, but I’m going give it my all to get as high up the rankings as possible.”
Piotr Stachulec, Haas F1 Team Esports driver, said: “I’m looking forward to representing Haas F1 Esports Team in the F1 Esports Series Pro Championship. We’ve been working hard since the release of the game, and I believe that we can be really competitive this year.”
Matthijs van Erven, Haas F1 Team Esports driver, said: “Going into 2022 with the 2021 season experience under my belt is something important. I’m look forward to this second season with Haas and I’ll do my best to reward that trust. There are lots of things to learn once again, but it’s a very exciting prospect.”
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