As cool as Jarno Opmeer likes to painting himself, there should have been so much operating by means of his thoughts as a second F1 Esports Sequence Professional title hung within the steadiness.
Now, with the Groups’ championship wrapped up for Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas Esports, all that stood between Opmeer and his second consecutive title was the ever-present power of Frederick Rasmussen. Sadly for the Dane, Interlagos was up subsequent. If ever there was a bogey circuit for him, this was it.
It wasn’t precisely final place as in 2020, however Rasmussen’s fears had been realised as Q3 ended with him propping up the highest ten. Three and a half tenths quicker than him was Nicolas Longuet whose somewhat mixed-bag 2021 season no less than confirmed glimmers of a promising conclusion.
Marcel Kiefer’s inconsistency was arguably key in Pink Bull dropping its Groups’ dominance with second on the grid right here somewhat too late. The identical might be mentioned of Blakeley who no less than was exhibiting up sturdy to substantiate Aston Martin’s place within the prime three.
Opmeer wanted a horror outcome to throw away the title from this place. The Dutchman positioned fourth for the beginning.
On smooth compound tyres, Longuet broke away early following a terrific launch and didn’t look again. The Frenchman had the earlier kind across the Brazilian observe having scored his final race win right here a 12 months in the past.
The one different driver beginning on softs was Álvaro Carretón. His season had began so effectively solely to mire down in mediocrity. The Spaniard blazed previous a cautious Opmeer on the finish of the second lap. This may be nothing in comparison with the next lap the place Williams, assisted by DRS, overtook each Blakeley and Kiefer to safe second at a vital stage of his race.
Following 4 very early pitstops, the quartet of Longuet, Kiefer, Blakeley and Sebastian Job all grabbed new boots for Lap 9 onward. The following group would include Opmeer and though he initially appeared to have misplaced some observe place, he additionally had the advantage of extra tyre life left to utilise.
Rasmussen then again recognised that threat needed to be taken. A 21-point deficit meant that it was primarily win or bust.
Enter Simon Weigang.
Having picked up a time penalty and made a mistake elsewhere, the Alfa Romeo was so offset from the lengthy runners that web chief Longuet was proper behind. For 2 complete laps, the Frenchman was merely unable to overhaul till lastly he, Kiefer and Blakeley muscled their means by means of into the Senna-S. At this second, all of those that hadn’t pitted did so. Aside from one man.
Rasmussen’s in-car opinion had been overruled by his race engineer and this could finally grow to be top-of-the-line tactical calls of the season. Not solely had Weigang held the pack up, however Kiefer struck on the good time to carry up Longuet’s progress. Exiting the pits with ten laps remaining, Pink Bull’s ever-present driver had an opportunity to have an effect on the end result of the race.
Kiefer’s Sergio Perez impression, by the point he was demoted from lead duties by Blakeley and Longuet, had allowed Rasmussen to climb six locations over two laps. Then Longuet, in frustration, picked up a time penalty successfully ruling him out of the win. As Kiefer was pressured large by an keen Job, when rejoining the German expertly positioned his automobile for the within kerb of Ferradura blocking Opmeer and permitting Rasmussen to swing across the outdoors.
With the daybreak of Lap 20 daybreak got here second place for Rasmussen, who didn’t discover a lot combat in Job realizing a maiden podium can be his ought to he stay in fourth. With Job retaining Opmeer behind, the daring Dane charged down Blakeley and heading onto the ultimate lap took the lead of the race with ease.
Regardless of cruising to one among his most spectacular wins, nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient to cease Opmeer from matching Brendon Leigh’s achievement of two consecutive Drivers’ titles.
Additionally of main historic observe was, after post-race stewarding utilized, each Haas drivers scored to make sure that they didn’t grow to be the primary driver lineup to not choose up a single level in an F1 Esports Sequence Professional season.
F1 Esports Sequence Professional, Brazil outcomes
- Frederik Rasmussen – Pink Bull Racing Esports – 25 laps
- Lucas Blakeley – Aston Martin Cognizant Esports – +zero.530
- Sebastian Job – Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports – +three.942
- Jarno Opmeer – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports – +four.070
- Josh Idowu – McLaren Shadow – +four.373
- Matthijs van Erven – Uralkali Haas F1 Crew Esports – +four.737
- Nicolas Longuet – Alpine Esports Crew – +5.761
- Álvaro Carretón – Williams Esports – +5.785
- Cedric Thomé – Uralkali Haas F1 Crew Esports – +5.806
- Thijmen Schütte – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports – +eight.117