Ferrari snap up Brendon Leigh from Mercedes

Mark Scott

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A driver change involving Mercedes and Ferrari has happened after all with two-time Esports champion, Brendon Leigh, making the move to the Scuderia.

Leigh won back-to-back Esports Pro Series titles in 2017 and 2018, the second of which whilst being an official part of the Mercedes team.

He spent three years in total with the Silver Arrows but, following a winless campaign in 2020 and just two podiums in 12 races, he is now set for a fresh start with Ferrari where he will join 2019 World Champion David Tonizza.

“My excitement in joining the FDA Esports F1 team is off the scale,” Leigh said upon confirmation of his signing.

“I’ve only just signed, but it’s already clear to me that their passion and commitment to winning mirrors my own.

“I get a sense of the unity within the team which makes it one big race-winning family. I can’t wait to get to work with the team and sport the red Ferrari colours.”

The Race reports that Leigh will move to Italy in order to become fully integrated into the Ferrari set-up and Marco Matassa, team principal of Ferrari’s Esports team, has said they are pinning their hopes on him delivering more title success.

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He said: “The FDA Esports Team has decided to pin its hopes on the most successful driver in the history of the F1 Esports Series.

“Brendon Leigh has won the title twice and represents a unique combination of youth and experience and brings the right abilities to our team to tackle the upcoming challenges alongside David Tonizza.

“David’s path has been very similar to Brendon’s, also winning the title at his first attempt. In 2020, he took two wins, proving to be one of the fastest in this category.

“I’m sure that with this impressive line-up, we can once again fight for the Drivers’ title and also try and win the Team prize for the first time.

“David and Brendon share our will to win, our enthusiasm and the right attitude and effort required to put together a winning season.”

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