Brendon Leigh Joins FDA Esports Team for 2021!
January 18, 2021
Two-time F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh will partner up with Ferrari Driver Academy Esports Team for the 2021 season, it was announced on Monday.
The shock move means he will partner up with 2019 champion David Tonizza, making it the first time two champions have united at one team in the series.
“My excitement in joining the FDA Esports team is off the scale,‚ÄĚ said the elated Englishman, as he swaps the black of Mercedes for the red of Ferrari.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve only just signed, but it‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt wait to get to work with the team and sport the red Ferrari colours!”
Leigh, who first put himself in the spotlight during the Grand Final of the inaugural F1 Esports Series in 2017, has been allied with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Esports Team ever since nine Formula 1 teams officially joined the series in 2018.
Leigh dominated the 2018 season, crushing the competition with six victories. He did however struggle to adapt in 2019, as FDA ‚Äď the Esports racing arm of Ferrari ‚Äď joined the fun. Instead, it was Italy‚Äôs own David Tonizza who cleaned up, taking the championship with three wins, and also becoming an Esports icon after being mistakenly dubbed ‚ÄėTonzilla‚Äô during a broadcast.
This huge pairing promises a fantastic intra-team battle, with the pair closely-matched in 2020. Though Tonizza took a pair of wins, Leigh‚Äôs consistency, boosted by two trips to the podium, helped him outscore his new team mate by just five points, 84-79.
Next question… who replaces Leigh at Mercedes? As the pieces of the 2021 season begin to fall into place, be sure to keep an eye on social media, and of course right here on the F1 Esports site, where we‚Äôll keep you up to date with all the big moves!
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