When requested earlier this week whether or not he felt that the Pink Bull Racing/AlphaTauri group held a bonus over different F1 Esports Series Pro Championship groups on account of extra minds within the melting pot, Marcel Kiefer was fast to dissuade this mind-set. He did, nevertheless, take lengths to spotlight how impressed he was with the standard of all drivers between the 2 squads – specifically Sebastian Job.
The previous Porsche Esports Supercup champion is now three rounds into his first season of a Components 1 game-based contest – not to mention the very best tier of racing you’ll find on the platform. Identified largely for his iRacing outings, there was tons to speak about with the British pilot.
“It’s been an enormous change, to be sincere,” defined the Pink Bull Racing Esports squad member who drives for SCUDERIA ALPHATAURI Esports Group on this competitors alongside Joni Tormala and Dario Iemmulo.
“The principle distinction for me is I’ve needed to change my driving model in lots of, some ways. The most important adjustment has been braking. I’m so much softer on it and I’ve to focus extra on path braking.
“From a contest standpoint, there’s much more depth within the discipline. The instances are extremely shut and the driving model of the sport lends itself to it. The quantity of apply is kind of tiring. I’m feeling it!”
Transitioning between sims is usually an excellent supply of debate for the armchair pundits with some drivers simply in a position to float between them, see Kevin ‘Siggy’ Rebernak, and others, like Job, content material to grasp one. For Sebastian although, this new expertise has been a optimistic one to this point regardless of the dearth of factors.
“I’ve loved being part of it! It kicked me into gear and helped me apply extra successfully. It seems like a special self-discipline virtually.
“Going into the primary race I had no targets or ambitions, I felt like a few of the tempo was there nevertheless it wasn’t fairly sufficient [to score points]. I’d prefer to get into the factors a number of instances. In my thoughts, I ought to be getting higher with every occasion.”
It was genuinely enlivening to listen to how humble Job was on this new atmosphere. Taking his a few years iRacing expertise into consideration, he has efficiently surrounded himself with folks he can be taught from together with Frederick Rasmussen who, for Seb’s cash, is the most effective within the enterprise proper now. He went so far as to say that with out this community of drivers, he can be nowhere close to the factors.
However, it’s nonetheless a irritating state of affairs for a pure winner;
“I’ve gone from anticipating to win each race to someplace the place there aren’t many eyes on me. It’s a breath of contemporary air however the stress continues to be there. It’s extra gradual than sudden. I can loosen up a bit extra, take a step again and be taught. I’m making an attempt to not be too exhausting on your self. I do get offended in apply however by way of on the races? I really feel nervous however not as nervous as anticipated.”
Seb believes that the crammed schedule of F1 Esports Collection Professional Championship, specifically, does hurt his apply as you’re studying three tracks as a substitute of 1 – versus PESC which had a equally quick season size in 2021 however solely two races on the identical monitor every spherical. Moist climate can also be a brand new issue that provides to his stability points.
After a strong first outing throughout Bahrain to the Pink Bull Ring although, I consider that it gained’t be too lengthy earlier than we see this feisty competitor serving to his workforce off the underside of the Groups’ desk. The Components 1 Esports Professional Championship collection returns with Rounds four and 5 later this week, 27th October, and Spherical 6 on 28th October.