Sure, I’m beginning an F1 Esports Pro evaluation with a reference to the bluesy Platters hit famously lined by the legendary Freddie Mercury. Hear me out. One of many key elements of this track goes as such; ‘I appear to be what I’m not you see, I’m carrying my coronary heart like a crown’.
After we began this 2021 season no person might have predicted that with three races to go, Scotsman Lucas Blakeley could be only a six-point overhaul away from turning into the brand new champion of this must-watch championship. This, because it seems, included Aston Martin’s star himself.
“It’s been a brand new expertise for me. It’s a privilege to be on this place and I’m simply grateful I’m doing this within the first place. The nerves? I anticipated them to be a lot worse than they’re now however I’ve been centered on the main points. Be ready to the most effective degree I will be. I’ll let you realize as soon as I get to qualifying!”
No bluster, no revelation that he believes his personal hype now. This younger man got here throughout splendidly within the press convention as evidenced additional on when questioned about his general confidence.
“I’m extra wanting ahead to it than dreading it. It’s extra a chance to have a go on the championship.
“I’ve all the time had the self-belief to do effectively in the case of racing. That’s all the time been there. Did I feel I’d be on this place? I wasn’t counting on it. I take it race by race. Irrespective of the way it pans out, I’m going to be actually pleased with how the season has developed. I’m able to go on the market and benefit from the expertise of combating for a title.”
Blakeley has turn into much-loved by the broader viewers not only for his passionate reactions to success however due to how meticulous he’s throughout race week preparation. I referenced him in my Nicolas Longuet overview just a few weeks in the past as a result of his vocal dedication stands out amongst his friends.
The subsequent set of tracks was no completely different and, not like title rival Jarno Opmeer, each one in all them held equal reward and peril. An identical blanket was thrown over his two championship rivals with each given their dues.
“They’ve all received their very own distinctive challenges however each provides the identical factors. I do consider these three tracks will give me just a few gray hairs by Thursday! In an effort to hook up a lap, you need to dig deep. I very a lot see every observe as equal worth however with distinguished challenges.
“Jarno wants no introduction. He’s the reigning champion. Frede is arguably, typically talking, the quickest sim racer on this planet. The quantity of expertise he’s received I respect massively. I’ve respect for each drivers. I understand how tough the extent is. I see it as each race is a clean slate and I’ve received to show up.”
A lot so is Lucas’ grounded strategy that he doesn’t consider for one second that Aston Martin’s third place within the Staff’s championship is protected in any respect. That is despite a 37 level benefit with neither Alpine driver successful this yr to this point. If there may be any ego in him then it’s hidden away underneath lock and key.
Opmeer would make historical past. Rasmussen would obtain what he has deserved for a very long time. But one thing tells me that Blakeley would be the hottest protagonist come Wednesday afternoon. Only a good, sincere particular person incomes a spot alongside sim racing royalty.
The F1 Esports Collection Professional returns with the ultimate three races of 2021 on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th December and is broadcast stay on the Formulation 1 YouTube and Twitch channels.