Rich Energy Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean’s new partnership with cryptocurrency firm Soccer Coin is the first of its kind in Formula One.
Not only is the Frenchman the first F1 driver to endorse a cryptocurrency, but the deal has been administered entirely using Soccer Coin’s virtual currency.
The idea to introduce cutting-edge finance technology to Formula One appealed to Romain, who worked as a banker in Geneva to support his early racing career.
“I enjoyed my time in the bank and I’ve followed the markets and taken a keen interest in what’s going on ever since. I have followed cryptocurrency for a long time and I am a big fan of it,” Romain explained.
Romain will race with the Soccer Coin logo on his Bell helmet in 2019 after being convinced by the firm’s vision for a new type of digital transaction network.
“As soon as I spoke to Soccer Coin, we were very quickly on the same page. I love the thought of being able to use cryptocurrency to buy football tickets, to exchange your seat, to buy merchandise or drinks, basically everything, without having to use your wallet.
“For now the focus is soccer. But I believe there are big opportunities in other sports and places where the product can be used more generally.
“It’s a challenging time for financial markets and cryptocurrency too, but I love the concept. I thought it was cool and I wanted to be the first driver in Formula One to have a partnership of this type.
“I’m fully happy to be paid in cryptocurrency. That wasn’t a problem for me because it shows I am confident about it and I believe in the project. I look forward to working together with Soccer Coin to help make this a next-generation thing.”
Launched in 2018, Soccer Coin is a digital infrastructure for the exchange and storage of data, allowing fast transactions. Beyond applications in soccer, it’s a product with the potential to benefit all areas of sport, from national and club level, as well as to support welfare and environmental projects.
Soccer Coin founder and CEO Andreas Heigl said: “We are delighted to have the support of Romain as we begin a crucial year in the development of Soccer Coin. Together we aim to take soccer to the next millennium with a new crypto-payment system that is global, fast, secure and unique.
“Romain understands the possibilities in this field and his natural enthusiasm for the concept makes him the perfect partner as we develop the next phase of the project.”
“I am a person who is looking for practical things that make everyday life easier.
If I could, I’d love to do everything with my Sony XZ3 smartphone.
As a professional athlete, I travel to many countries with different currencies.
Converting and exchanging money is often quite tedious and cumbersome.
With “Soccer Coin” this will be a thing of the past: One currency worldwide - and I can pay everything with my smartphone - fast, easy and secure.
There is a reason why extreme and trend sports are called that. As a BMX professional I find it exciting to set trends and am very open to innovations like “Soccer Coin”. I am honored to be the first BMX rider in this field!
As a football fan I think the ideas behind “Soccer Coin” are simply brilliant. Many fans will love not only the currency itself, but also the many digital innovations, such as the “all-in-one solution” whereby your mobile phone is also your personalized ticket.“
Mario, tell me about yourself!
“My career started at the age of 17 with FIFA 2004. My first big success was winning the Austrian Championship in 2006 (ESL Pro Series Alpen Season 2). Thereby I caught the attention of the e-sports department of FC Schalke 04 and SK Rapid Wien, with whom I later celebrated some successes. In 2013 I won the 1st place at the eSport Soccer Cup on PlayStation 3 and got my ticket for the upcoming Consoles State Championship 2013 on PS3.”
How to win ... and what do you think about Soccer Coin?
“Strategic thinking, concentration, (motor) dexterity and regular training are the prerequisites for winning on the virtual lawn.
During the game, there are no waiting times to consider the next step. Every action you take triggers another one at the same time. Action and reaction happen in real time. If you do it well - you win!
When you told me about Soccer Coin, my first thought was that similar principles can be found in the Soccer Coin network ... which I really like! In addition to the many features that Soccer Coin offers, I find the Soccer Coin “Gamer Cloud” very interesting. No crypto currency in the world has managed to support as many areas like e-sports.
I think: for everyone who is interested ... a win-win story! “
Mario! Thanks for taking the time. I look forward to a lasting partnership and welcome you to Soccer Coin!
I was inspired by the idea of "soccercoin" at the first moment.
The sophisticated concept of this new crypto-currency convinced me as well as the social commitment.
And last but not least „socceroin“ shows responsibility regarding our environment. Altogether these components will certainly lead to success in the future!