Alpine’s esports workforce has revealed its youthful roster for the 2023 F1 Esports Collection Professional, that includes returnees Patrik Sipos and Luke Smith alongside rookie Rubén Pedreño.
Alpine Esports has at this time (twenty eighth February 2023) revealed its driver roster for the 2023 F1 Esports Collection Professional, in addition to a bunch of brand name companions.
The three-driver lineup has a youthful look to it this season, with Luke Smith – the youngest competitor within the 2022 F1 Esports Collection Professional – returning alongside Alpine Esports stalwart Patrik Sipos.
Outgoing Filip Presnajder can be changed by former Race Clutch academy driver Rubén Pedreño, who at 16 years previous would be the youngest driver on the grid. The Spaniard will even be supported by Alpine via the feeder F1 Esports Challenger Collection in 2023, as he goals to earn his full F1 Esports Professional License.
“Patrik has been there with us since day one. He joined the Alpine F1 workforce in 2021, and final 12 months was solely his first full season [and] he did very properly. This 12 months was a studying 12 months for him so 2023 [will] be the 12 months the place he can unleash his full potential now [he] additionally has the expertise,” mentioned Richard Arnaud, President of Race Clutch, the associate organisation of Alpine Esports.
Though Alpine has a relatively inexperienced workforce, Arnaud has excessive hopes, particularly for its rookie driver Rubén Pedreño:
“And so we’re seeking to perhaps for him [to achieve] title of rookie of the 12 months. Positively Ruben can be an attention-grabbing expertise to develop and I’m trying ahead to see him doing his first races,” he commented.
The workforce is hoping to enhance upon its ninth-place end within the 2022 championship, aiming for podiums in 2023 and a top-five end within the standings.
Alpine has additionally revealed a slew of companions for 2023, with the esports workforce’s equipment offered by Kappa, the official attire provider for the BWT Alpine F1 Workforce. Alpine will even be specializing in its social media presence too, due to its Alpine Esports Content material Room on the workforce’s HQ in Enstone, offered in collaboration with Alpine’s blockchain sponsor QAN.
Full of sim racing tools from companions Trak Racer, Elgato and BenQ, the Content material Room is a base from which Alpine’s streamers and drivers can launch content material. PattyPatt, AnaonAir and Thomb have all been confirmed as working in ambassadorial roles with the workforce all through 2023.
Alpine Esports has additionally teamed up with gaming charity Particular Impact, elevating consciousness of the plight of bodily disabled avid gamers and the way gaming can develop into extra accessible via technological improvements. Funds will even be raised all through 2023 through charitable streams and promotions.
“I’m happy with the unbelievable development Alpine Esports has seen all through the previous 12 months and purpose to make 2023 even larger and higher. We’re particularly excited to work alongside an unbelievable charity like Particular Impact to carry pleasure and gaming into the lives of as many individuals as potential,” mentioned Guillaume Vergnas, Head of Esports, Gaming & Web3 at Alpine.
“We give our absolute due to our followers and neighborhood who’ve allowed us to develop our model, create new improvements, and produce collectively a proficient workforce of drivers, ambassadors, and companions with the shared objective of elevating sim racing to the following degree,” he continued.
Alpine Esports will even take pleasure in patronage from tech manufacturers Varjo and Tobii, enhancing the VR and eye-tracking expertise for the workforce’s sim racers. Cellular recreation developer The Tiny Digital Manufacturing facility additionally joins the workforce in 2023, with Alpine automobiles set to seem in each its GT Supervisor and Infinite Drive cell titles.
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Alpine Esports F1 Esports Collection Professional 2023 lineup
- Patrik Sipos
- Luke Smith
- Rubén Pedreño