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(SOUNDBITE)(English) JARNO OPMEER, RENAULT SPORT TEAM VITALITY, ESPORTS DRIVER SAYING: "Physical training in esports is much more about staying healthy, staying flexible because obviously sitting in a simulator for a big part of the day is going to make you stiff. But you want to stay flexible as much as possible just for quick reactions and coordination and these kind of things. And in real life motorsports you really want to train to be fit to handle the G-forces, the heat." OPMEER'S STEERING WHEEL (SOUNDBITE)(English) JARNO OPMEER, RENAULT SPORT TEAM VITALITY, ESPORTS DRIVER SAYING: "The sim racing part is much more about mental than physical but obviously being physically in shape is also really important." VARIOUS OF RENAULT SPORT TEAM VITALITY, ESPORTS DRIVER SIMON WEIGANG TRAINING HIS REACTION SPEEDS (SOUNDBITE)(English) JACK AITKEN, RENAULT F1 TEAM TEST DRIVER SAYING: "They do get pretty hot and sweaty in the seat as well but we obviously also have to deal with that and dehydration during the races but it is very much a mental game for them. The strain of having to concentrate for quite long races that takes a physical toll so they have to be fit for that as well." VARIOUS OF AITKEN IN THE GYM LIFTING WEIGHTS, HELPED BY WEIGANG (SOUNDBITE)(English) NICOLAS MAURER, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, TEAM VITALITY SAYING: "The skillset you need to succeed in sim racing is really close to the one you need to succeed in actual racing and that's also the beauty of this discipline because you can have a guy that was used to training in the video game come to the real track and vice versa. It's really interesting and special." VARIOUS OF AITKEN AND WEIGANG RUNNING IN THE GYM (SOUNDBITE)(English) NICOLAS MAURER, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, TEAM VITALITY SAYING: "One of the big challenges, and a very interesting area of development for esports, is the number of women being pro in esports which is close to zero right now which is a terrible state, we have to admit." AITKEN AND WEIGANG RUNNING (SOUNDBITE)(English) NICOLAS MAURER, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, TEAM VITALITY SAYING: "It's one of the only sports where women could compete against men. There is no difference, no physical difference in esports. That's beautiful but we need to work on that, work on a structure and it will take a bit of time but all the people in this industry really would want that." VARIOUS OF THE OPS ROOM BEN HAMPSHIRE, RENAULT IT RACE MANAGER, EXPLAINING THE REALTIME RACE TELEMETRY
Dateline: 2019

Video Gamers Train With Formula 1 Team For Esports Race Series

Item ID: 121319343

By: Reuters

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