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Esports: Catching up with Daniele Haddad

September 3, 2020
2020
Esports
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Our second-year driver is raring to go for the F1 Esports Pro Series

After catching up with Lucas Blakeley ahead of the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series firing up, we're shooting the breeze with Daniele Haddad!

Like Lucas, Daniele joined the team following the 2019 Pro Draft stage and impressed the team with his wide repertoire of skills - even acting as a race engineer for David Schumacher and Jimmy Broadbent for a round of this year's Virtual Grand Prix Series.

Behind the wheel, Daniele constantly improved through 2019 and built up plenty of experience in the 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series, saving the best for last with a sixth-place finish at Interlagos.

With Daniele and Lucas working in tandem for a highly successful Pro Exhibition Series, our Italian's raring to go for this year's series.

Daniele, 2019 was a learning year for you and the team, so what are your hopes for 2020?

“My hopes are always the same – for the team and me to have a strong season. It won’t be easy as there’s a really high standard across all teams now, but I’m confident we can fight at the front of the field this year and make a big step forward.”

You had a strong rate of improvement through the 2019 campaign, does that give you confidence?

“Absolutely, and you can see that in this year’s Pro Exhibition Series. We were always fighting in the Top 10 and Lucas took a win at Monaco, so that’s put us in really good shape for the F1 Esports Pro Series this year.

“Obviously we’re now using F1 2020, and that’s another challenge because there’s plenty to be getting to grips with.

“We’ll be working really hard up to October to make sure we’re in great shape!”

You’ve built a good relationship with Lucas and the team, how beneficial is that for 2020?

“We’ve been here for a year now, so we’ve had time to get to know each other and how we work, and that’s going to help a lot this year.

“We weren’t the most experienced line-up in the field last year, but we’ve constantly improved, and the Pro Exhibition Series shows we’ve been doing things in the right way.

“We’ve got all the ingredients for a good season, and if we can have a bit of good luck too, we can do well this year.”

How much of a challenge is it to adapt to F1 2020 compared to the last game?

“It’s actually a big challenge this year, it’s a revolution rather than evolution this time. There’s a lot of subtle differences to driving style as there have been improvements to the game in every area.

“Braking and downshifts are noticeably different, I would say, so those are the areas where we can focus and get on top of it.”

And finally, Shanaka’s joined the team! How excited are you to work with him?

“I’ve never really raced Shanaka before, but I’ve been getting to know him recently and he’s a great guy.

“I’ve got the most experience in the team, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with Shanaka, as he’s clearly got the talent, and with Lucas as well, we’ve got an exciting line-up.”

Our second-year driver is raring to go for the F1 Esports Pro Series

After catching up with Lucas Blakeley ahead of the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series firing up, we're shooting the breeze with Daniele Haddad!

Like Lucas, Daniele joined the team following the 2019 Pro Draft stage and impressed the team with his wide repertoire of skills - even acting as a race engineer for David Schumacher and Jimmy Broadbent for a round of this year's Virtual Grand Prix Series.

Behind the wheel, Daniele constantly improved through 2019 and built up plenty of experience in the 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series, saving the best for last with a sixth-place finish at Interlagos.

With Daniele and Lucas working in tandem for a highly successful Pro Exhibition Series, our Italian's raring to go for this year's series.

Daniele, 2019 was a learning year for you and the team, so what are your hopes for 2020?

“My hopes are always the same – for the team and me to have a strong season. It won’t be easy as there’s a really high standard across all teams now, but I’m confident we can fight at the front of the field this year and make a big step forward.”

You had a strong rate of improvement through the 2019 campaign, does that give you confidence?

“Absolutely, and you can see that in this year’s Pro Exhibition Series. We were always fighting in the Top 10 and Lucas took a win at Monaco, so that’s put us in really good shape for the F1 Esports Pro Series this year.

“Obviously we’re now using F1 2020, and that’s another challenge because there’s plenty to be getting to grips with.

“We’ll be working really hard up to October to make sure we’re in great shape!”

You’ve built a good relationship with Lucas and the team, how beneficial is that for 2020?

“We’ve been here for a year now, so we’ve had time to get to know each other and how we work, and that’s going to help a lot this year.

“We weren’t the most experienced line-up in the field last year, but we’ve constantly improved, and the Pro Exhibition Series shows we’ve been doing things in the right way.

“We’ve got all the ingredients for a good season, and if we can have a bit of good luck too, we can do well this year.”

How much of a challenge is it to adapt to F1 2020 compared to the last game?

“It’s actually a big challenge this year, it’s a revolution rather than evolution this time. There’s a lot of subtle differences to driving style as there have been improvements to the game in every area.

“Braking and downshifts are noticeably different, I would say, so those are the areas where we can focus and get on top of it.”

And finally, Shanaka’s joined the team! How excited are you to work with him?

“I’ve never really raced Shanaka before, but I’ve been getting to know him recently and he’s a great guy.

“I’ve got the most experience in the team, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with Shanaka, as he’s clearly got the talent, and with Lucas as well, we’ve got an exciting line-up.”

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