Marcel qualified for the 2017 F1 Esports Series Semi Final via setting the third fastest time on the Xbox Time Trial Qualifier. Unfortunately, he got caught up in an incident in the first of three semi final races, costing him significant points and resulting in him having to start at the back of the grid for the next race. He fought through the field to finish third and fourth and gained many fans in the process. He just missed out on the Grand Final, but was the highest-scoring driver to do so. He is determined to prove himself again in 2018.
- Q: Who is your favourite F1 Driver ever?
Jim Clark is undoubtedly my favourite driver of all time. I always loved about him that he was just a simple man that wanted to race cars.
- Q: Which car is your favourite to drive?
My favourite car to drive is an F1 car. I guess that‘s not the biggest surprise, but if I had to pick a certain era, then I would pick the current one with the 2017/2018 specifications.
- Q: Which was your favourite year in F1 and why?
That‘s a tough one, but I actually feel like this year’s season could become one of the classics. There are lead changes, unexpected teams scoring points, exciting young talents and most of the races are just thrilling in my opinion, so maybe I will comment on that after the season.
- Q: What was the first driving game you remember playing?
My first ever racing game was the original Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo. I always played it with my dad and I have a lot of good memories with this game.
- Q: What type of driving style do you think you have?
My driving style is aggressive, but very mature and consistent, considering I only have 11 months of driving experience.
- Q: What is your favourite wheel that you've driven with?
I only tried this wheel once, but I love the FANATEC wheel that we use on the Esports rigs. I only did one lap, but it felt amazingly smooth and just enjoyable to drive with.
- Q: When did you first start racing online?
I began racing online one or two months after last year’s semifinals. I actually had no actual competitive online experience before driving against the 40 best in the world on the big stage.
- Q: What platform did you first start racing online with?
- Q: How did you find the level of the competition in the F1 Esports Series 2018 Online Qualifiers?
Like I expected it very competitive and tight. I think also with the results of the Pro Draft we should be set for a very competitive season with a lot of close and wheelto-wheel racing.
- Q: What does your average sim racing day look like?
If it‘s only a sim racing day then I try to get between 610 hours of driving practice or testing in. But if you add my physical fitness routine then I would say a maximum of 6-8 but probably 4-6 hours of driving.
- Q: How do you prepare before a race?
I don‘t have a special preparation for a race. I always try to stay ready so I don‘t have to get ready. The only way you could describe this is practice as much as you can and as effective as you can.
- Q: How much practice do you put in, on F1 2017?
At this stage I already crossed the +1000 hours of ingame time, so quite a lot.
- Q: What is your favourite track on F1 2017?
- Q: Which driving conditions do you prefer, wet or dry?
I really enjoy the wet, the only problem I have so far is my experience in those conditions. Most of the times the weather is dry and with my 11 months of experience I had to make sure to become as effective as possible compared to my competitors with far more experience. And as it‘s more dry my major focus was to get quick in the dry. My wet pace is getting better and better so I like both.
- Q: Who is your toughest online opponent?
If I’m honest here there are plenty of tough competitors. In Esports the skill level is so close so everyone is tough in their own way.
- Q: If you had one favourite moment from the Silverstone trip, what was it?
When we were waiting for our shuttle outside of the paddock to pick us up, Kimi‘s shuttle arrived and when he went passed me someone of the fans was calling my name instead of Kimi‘s for an autograph. That was unreal and very special.
- Q: Have you ever been to an F1 race weekend before?
Yes, I think it was between 20042006 for the German GP in Hockenheim.
- Q: What was your most memorable F1 race and why?
I‘m not the biggest Lewis Hamilton Fan, but I think Brazil 2008 was very exciting. All the ups and downs, with the deciding moments for the championship. This race sums up our sport in a good way. You can never tell what is going to happen in F1 and that‘s why I loved this race so much.
- Q: If you could pick any race in the world to go to, which would it be and why?
USA, because I trust my good friend and Esports Manager from Force India, Will Ponissi, on his recommendation.
- Q: Who is your current favourite driver (who drives now)?
I don‘t actually have a favourite driver. But one of the drivers caught my attention already before F1 Charles Leclerc.
- Q: Was there a team that you hoped would pick you, if so who?
I‘m not lying here, but I was hoping to get picked by Force India. I always loved the team and with what I can say after meeting all of the staff I still love it and even more than before. We are a big family and I‘m so grateful to be a part of it.
- Q: When did you first make your move to professional Sim Racing?
11 months ago. I heard about the Esports Series, bought a wheel on the 24th of August in 2017, the game on the 25th and now I‘m here.
- Q: Have you ever won a championship in Sim Racing or come close?I haven‘t won a championship so far, but I already came close. I‘m very optimistic about the future and can‘t wait to see which trophies I can pick up with the team.
- Q: What was your most memorable online race?
F1 Esports semifinal 2017, Heat 4, Race 2. Starting from last on the grid to securing P3 in the first lap was just incredible.
- Q: Where do you practice online and why?
I practice in an online league named Apex Online Racing, which is sponsored by Hype Energy Drinks. It helps to stay focused and learn a lot about yourself.
- Q: What are you most looking forward to in the Pro Series?
The racing. The moment when all the hard work with the team behind the scenes will pay off on the big stage will just be a moment of joy.
- Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to be your teammate, who would it be and why?
If I could pick someone then I would still let the team decide. I can work with everyone on the same professional level like with everyone else, so I don‘t have any favourites. Off track I surely have my favourites, but this is another story.
- Q: Who do you think (bar yourself) will be the top challenger for the title win, in 2018?
Everyone has the same chances and it should be close this year. We are the top in the world and all of us know that.
- Q: If you think there is something/anything that will give you an advantage over your competitors, what is it and how will you use it?
There are some advantages that I consider, but I think it would be clever to keep that to myself and the team. Otherwise I might lose this advantage over them.
- Q: Outside of racing, who is your hero/inspirational character?
I have no hero, but Conor McGregor is definitely the person that inspires me the most. I‘m not a big fan of combat sports, but he is a work machine. He is confident, he knows what he is doing and he is putting in the work. He would sacrifice anyything to achieve what he wants and he believes in himself like I‘ve never witnessed it before. I feel like there are a lot of similarities between me and him and I have big respect for what he has done so far.