The F1 Esports Collection’ third 2021 press convention lit up upon the arrival of two-time champion Brendon Leigh. It’s no disrespect to some other driver than has partaken in roundtable interviews this season, Leigh simply exudes the type of confidence that you simply’d anticipate from somebody within the highlight for thus lengthy.
F1 Esports Professional Collection has largely made him the person you see immediately.
The Brit has, in more moderen occasions, actually taken maintain of his personal future, nonetheless, along with his pre-season story maybe being the largest of all. In a transfer simply begging to spark comparisons to the nice Sir Lewis Hamilton and his change from McLaren to Mercedes, Leigh jumped ship from Mercedes to the then equally underperforming Ferrari Driver Academy.
“There was in fact quite a lot of stuff behind the scenes which wouldn’t be sensible or honest to enter with Mercedes. Ferrari has handled me like household ever since and I’m loving my time right here. Working with David [Tonizza] has been good. I’ve been very blessed to have had glorious teammates all through my profession. However he’s a champion, I’m a champion. We each search one another’s strengths and weaknesses,” defined the 2017 and 2018 F1 Esports champion.
“I’ve no frustrations. I’ve been pleased ever since I left.”
This last say on the matter, specifically, was engrossing as all of us sat there within the Zoom name. The smirk on Leigh’s face informed a thousand phrases that despite the Mercedes resurgence this yr by the irresistible tenacity of Jarno Opmeer.
The Brendon Leigh of 2021 is a a lot more healthy human being each bodily and mentally; this being one thing he has nice delight in. He talked about that the very first thing he thinks about when he wakes up each morning is how he generally is a higher model of himself. Then, he can transfer on to how he could make the lives of others higher.
Typically, these types of claims may be bandied about with out a lot conviction, however he’s completely real. Leigh is aware of that he’s driving higher than he was in his title-winning years with information to again it up.
“I’m nonetheless going to go for the win. If it’s not this season it’ll be subsequent season. I’ve 100 per cent private perception in myself that I’m the perfect driver on the grid.
“You’ve got the perfect of the perfect in esports general. The whole [F1 Esports] discipline is separated by two or three tenths as early as Q1. Lots of people have the expertise to get to F1 Esports and to win. The ultimate proportion is psychological. I push myself bodily to new limits and so subsequent yr I’ll be going out to do marathons.”
He’s a person with massive plans and never quite a lot of them instantly contain sim racing. He’s absolutely dedicated to being an envoy for esports within the wider world and there’s something inspiring in that. There’s one thing inspiring in his stubbornness to just accept something lower than combating for and securing a 3rd title in Formulation 1’s digital championship too.
The grid is healthier off with Leigh in it, that a lot I’m sure of. Even when he doesn’t obtain his final targets on the observe, he has had so many victories off it that we should always aspire to match such enthusiasm for extra. I sincerely hope that his first Ferrari podium comes sooner slightly than later.
The F1 Esports Collection Professional Championship returns with rounds seven and eight on the 24th November and the ninth occasion on 25th November.