LUCAS Blakeley is a formula 1 Millions of viewers followed the world champion – but many people do not know who he is.
The Scottish-born competitor drives for the McLaren F1 esports team and was crowned world champion last year.
He finished third in the 2021 season with Aston Martin and beat four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the 2022 Race of Nations Cup.
The racing superstar most recently beat Mika Häkkinen and Valtteri Bottas at the 2023 Race of Champions.
Lucas, now in his 20s, started karting at the age of seven and was inspired by Lewis Hamilton’s championship win in 2008.
His dream was to become a Formula 1 driver, but he had to give it up due to financial reasons.
“That’s the harsh reality for a lot of racing families out there,” he told the BBC.
According to Gfinity, more than 45 million people watched at least one esports race in 2022.
With fans following major competitions on Twitch, “the pressure is immense,” Lucas said.
He continued: “Mentally this is the hardest part, results in F1 eSports can change in the blink of an eye, literally.”
“You also learn something about yourself. How do you react to pressure? How does your body react? How does your mind react?”
Lucas also previously described his racing style as “calculated” and commented on the rigorous training program in esports.
“It’s a lot of dedication. You have to be willing to put in a lot of hours because you can’t leave anything unturned. The training has to be thorough and relentless,” he said McLaren.
“The second complacency comes when something goes wrong. During the day you have to drive a lot.”
“You drive eight, nine, ten hours a day, sometimes more if you’re collecting data, reviewing video footage or looking at telemetry data. If you want to get to that point, you have to work really hard for it.” It.”