Team audition computer gamers to see if they have what is needed for a F1 simulator driver
SHOWS: WOKING, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 14, 2017)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VIEW OF MCLAREN TECHNOLOGY CENTRE WHERE FORMULA ONE CARS ARE CONSTRUCTED 2. CANDIDATES DRIVING ON VARIETY OF RACING SIMULATORS 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DARREN COX, CO-ORDINATOR OF WORLD'S FASTEST GAMER SCHEME, SAYS: "You see behind here the simulators, gaming set-ups if you like, but this isn't just about who is the fastest gamer, this is all about whether these guys can move across to become a simulator driver and we have heard from Oliver Turvey who is probably the best, and certainly one of the most experienced F1 simulator drivers and he has explained, along with the guys from the McLaren applied technologies group, how different even being a racing driver is from being a simulator driver." 4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CANDIDATE DAVID LE GARFF OF FRANCE, TALKING ABOUT RACING ON COMPUTER SIMULATORS ALL HIS LIFE, SAYS: "I started with the beginning of the story of video game racing and I play..yeah, today I am 41 and I play since the age of three years. Just imagine how many (much) time I passed in video games 5. CANDIDATES DRIVING ON RACING SIMULATORS STORY: McLaren's next Formula One simulator driver could be a man who has never driven a car before, let alone competed on a real racetrack. The 12-man shortlist for the job includes a Danish doctor who races on an iPad, a 41-year-old French father of two and a 23-year-old employee of Britain's Department of Work and Pensions -- who holds only a provisional licence McLaren, the team of double world champion Fernando Alonso and past greats like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, are looking to tap talent from virtual racing to go faster in the real world. The finals of the "World's Fastest Gamer" competition are playing out at McLaren's Woking headquarters this week and the winner will get a one-year contract to work in one of the team's state-of-the-art simulators. Front-runners including Dutch 23-year-old Bono Huis, Danish doctor Henrik Christian Drue, French dad David Le Garff and British civil servant Harry Jacks, who has yet to drive a real car. Darren Cox, whose Nissan GT Academy initiative took gamers out into the real racetrack with professional works drives, organised the programme and drivers get physical tests as well as computer racing. McLaren say this is a serious search for someone who can become a real asset to a team fighting their way back from troubled times. They also feel the appointment will be good for business.