#24 Marcel Kiefer
Did you know?
Marcel had an offer from 1899 Hoffenheim as a goalkeeper back when he was playing football.
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.
If you can see it in your mind and you have the courage enough to believe in yourself, work for it and speak it out loud, eventually it will happen.
/ 2018 Qualification:
Did not compete
Q: Who is your favourite F1 Driver ever?
A: 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: What was the first driving game you remember playing?
A: 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: When did you first start racing online?
A: I began racing online one or two months after last year’s semi-finals. I actually had no actual competitive online experience before driving against the 40 best in the world on the big stage.
Q: How did you find the level of the competition in the F1 Esports Series 2018 Online Qualifiers?
A: 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 wheel-to-wheel racing.
Q: What does your average sim racing day look like?
A: If it‘s only a sim racing day then I try to get between 6-10 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: Which driving conditions do you prefer, wet or dry?
A: 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: What was your most memorable F1 race and why?
A: 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: What was your most memorable online race?
A: F1 Esports semi-final 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?
A: 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: Who do you think (bar yourself) will be the top challenger for the title win, in 2018?
A: 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?
A: 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