‘Definitely not the real thing’: why eracers can’t go from the bedroom to the cockpit

And could we soon see an accomplished esports racer make the leap into a real F1 car? No fear factor and no sense of speed? For Williams driver Russell that day is unlikely to come anytime soon. “For me it is like with the Fifa computer game and real-life football,” he told BBC Sport. “The biggest difference is you don’t quite have that sense of speed or fear,” George Russell added. An esports racer winning in real-life racing is also not unheard of. Since 2017, McLaren have ran the World’s Fastest Gamer competition.

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