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The 2021 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship presented by Aramco kicked off with an exciting 1 event this week, where Jarno Opmeer and Mercedes took the lead in the Drivers ‘and Teams’ Championships respectively, but with eight different podiums in the first three races. , the massive $ 750,000 prize pool is all to play with.
The return of the Pro Championship was more anticipated than ever after a record number of viewers last year, the most fans ever trying to qualify, as well as several huge moves around the grid with a number of bigger names. of F1 Esports changing allegiances out of season.
Much like the 2020 season, riders continue to race remotely from their home or team facilities, but the hugely popular competition continues to be broadcast from London’s Gfinity Esports Arena, with live broadcasts animated by faces. familiars: Natalie Pinkham, Tom Deacon and Nic Hamilton. Following the same event format as recent campaigns, teams compete in the official F1 2021 video game, developed by Codemasters, in two races one Wednesday and one Thursday, across four broadcasts, which also includes qualifying.
In the first of two races on Wednesday, the virtual world reflected reality as the season opener took place at the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain, and Britain’s Lucas Blakeley won his first victory in a historic moment, becoming the first winner of Aston Martin Cognizant’s Esports team. Blakeley started in P2 behind Nicolas Longuet but passed him in the first corner and only gave up first place in the last laps when the lead changed hands several times between the two, thanks to a courageous race and using the DRS, before the Aston Martin Man timed his last attack to perfection. Alvaro CarretÃ³n was with the top two the whole way, ready to jump on any mistakes, but ultimately had to settle for a well-deserved P3 for Williams.
Wednesday’s action continued with a trip to China, and while real-world drivers haven’t raced the Shanghai International Circuit since the pandemic, the popularity of F1 and Esport continues to grow. thrive, as evidenced by the success of F1. China Esports Series Championship. Defending champion Jarno Opmeer showed his title pedigree with an incredible victory, taking a huge risk as the only driver to start the race on intermediate tires, despite torrential rains, after a poor qualifying performance that left it in P14. He fell to P18, before the rest of the grid began to stop and change to the same tires, allowing him to get back onto the grid. He quickly took the lead, and despite a brief change of leadership between himself and Fabrizio Donoso, as the Alpine rider became the first to switch to softwares, Opmeer was able to secure his first victory for Mercedes in a stunning way. Red Bull’s Marcel Kiefer put in an accomplished performance under difficult conditions to secure his first podium of the season.
The first event of the new season ended with a second victory for Opmeer at the Red Bull Ring with an emphatic victory as he sent a message to the rest of the field that he intended to defend his crown. Frederik Rasmussen, one of last year’s leaders, landed his first podium of the year, ahead of McLaren’s new boy, Bardia Boroumand, who placed third, and is already living up to the hype around him during the preseason.
Event 2 will see drivers compete against each other on a trio of iconic ‘old school‘ circuits as the Pro Championship heads to Silverstone, Monza and Spa, over what is expected to be two action-packed days of the 27th. to October 28.
After event 1, the official classification is as follows:
The live broadcasts are streamed online via the official Formula 1 channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Huya, as well as being broadcast on TV through select international broadcast partners.
In the past 18 months, F1 Esports events have reached over 40 million views on TV and digital, and this popularity has led to record numbers of people trying to be a part of this year’s Pro Show. , with nearly half a million qualifying participants. . This year’s qualification is now open via a challenge in the official F1 2021 video game, with the first event live until the 31st.st October. If you would like to learn more about how to participate in the F1 Esports Series and for more information on the Pro Championship presented by Aramco, visit www.f1esports.com.
Full race results:
Race 1 – Bahrain
Race 2 – China
Race 3 – Austria
Ben Pincus, Director of Commercial Partnerships at Formula 1Â®, noted:
âIt’s great to see the F1 Esports Series Pro Championship presented by Aramco resume its course. We have been spoiled with excitement in the real races this year and if those first races are anything to go by, we are going to have a blast this season in the virtual world as well.
John Clarke, CEO of Gfinity, said:
âLast year’s record attendance is a testament to Formula 1’s continued innovation and expansion, bringing more fans than ever to the world of F1 Esports. Building on last year’s success, the series F1 Esports has come back bigger and better than ever, giving Gfinity the opportunity to use its technological IP and world-class production to help F1 fans feel ever closer to the series.
Paul Jeal, Senior Director of the F1 Franchise at Codemasters, said:
âWe are in the fifth year of F1 Esports, and the level continues to rise higher and higher, with blazing lap times and thrilling wheel-to-wheel races to open the series. A nice display from Jarno Opmeer then that he’s leading the drivers’ championship, and it looks like we could have an incredible battle between a handful of teams for the tag team championship.