30 drivers from the F1 Esports Challengers, F1 Esports Collection China Championship, the F1 Esports Women’s Wildcard and the DHL Time Trial will participate later this week in entrance of F1 Professional Esports crew managers and personnel. That is their likelihood to impress, within the hope of being chosen by a squad for the F1 Professional Esports championship later within the yr.
18 drivers progressed from the F1 Esports Challengers series to the Professional Exhibition, six from every platform of PS4, PC and Xbox One. 9 drivers certified via the DHL Time Trial, three from every platform, two from the China Championship whereas the Ladies’s Wildcard was a brand new addition for 2021.
In earlier years the F1 Esports Professional Draft was used as the driving force choice course of. The primary in-person alternative for the drivers to show their price, it featured a sequence of check races that had been carried out in personal. It additionally consisted of different evaluations comparable to interviews, health exams and even monitor data or F1 pitstop assessments. Then, the F1 Esports groups took it in turns to pick out from the obtainable drivers throughout a live-streamed occasion.
This time round, after a sequence of in-game assessments utilizing F1 2020 in the course of the Professional Exhibition, there will likely be a negotiation interval behind closed doorways for groups to signal drivers from the members.
Final F1 Professional Esports season, Jarno Opmeer received the Drivers’ Championship with Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen F1 Esports, forward of the 2 Crimson Bull teammates of Frederik Rasmussen and Marcel Kiefer – with Crimson Bull taking the Groups’ title. Within the low season, Rasmussen received the Formula E: Accelerate sequence, claiming a prize drive of an actual Formulation E automobile.
“The targets [for 2021] are the identical as final yr – to win each titles. The Drivers’ Championship, sadly, didn’t fairly work out in 2020, however the Groups’ Championship is the primary precedence anyway. After all, I nonetheless goal for each titles and if all the things goes to plan, I goal to win it,” stated Kiefer, when we spoke to him recently.
Again in January, it was introduced that Opmeer would be part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team alongside Dani Moreno and Bono Huis. In the meantime, 2017 and 2018 champion Brendon Leigh and 2019 champion David Tonizza are with Ferrari Esports for 2021. Moreover, Romain Grosjean’s R8G Esports team has taken over the administration of the Hass F1 Esports squad.
Every F1 groups’ esports squad has three drivers. Traditionally, this implies two ‘predominant’ drivers and a ‘reserve’, nevertheless, driver rotation is allowed so it might be the case the place a crew sees all three drivers as equal. So, even when a crew has introduced two drivers already, it nonetheless wants to pick out at the least a 3rd from the Professional Exhibition.
We count on the F1 Professional Esports sequence to kick off later this yr in October and it has been confirmed that it’s going to use the upcoming F1 2021 recreation. The format for this week’s occasion will embody a dry ghost race (collisions switched off), a moist ghost race and a best-of-three knockout head-to-head qualifying session.
“We’re delighted to see so many individuals having fun with and interesting with the F1 recreation, as The F1 Esports Collection continues to shatter data, with almost half one million qualifiers for this yr’s marketing campaign. We are able to’t wait to see the expertise on present within the Professional Exhibition and look ahead to the Professional Championship later within the yr, which might be essentially the most thrilling but,” enthused Julian Tan, Head of Digital Enterprise Initiatives and Esports at Formulation 1.
For now, we’ll be watching the F1 Esports Professional Exhibition, broadcast dwell from the Gfinity Area in London at 19:00 BST on Thursday 27th Might through the official Formulation 1 YouTube, Fb, Twitch and Huya (China) channels.