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The penultimate spherical of this yr’s F1 Esports Collection offered by Aramco noticed a trio of thrilling races at a few of motorsport’s most iconic circuits as drivers fought it out at Silverstone, Spa and Monza in Occasion 3. Alfa Romeo’s Jarno Opmeer and Purple Bull lead the respective championships as there are simply three races left on this yr’s Grand Closing, as they try and get their arms on the $750,000 prize pot.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, drivers are racing remotely for the primary time this yr, however the standard stay exhibits proceed to be broadcast from the Gfinity Esports Enviornment in London, as we guarantee followers don’t miss a second of the motion.
Within the first of Wednesday’s two races, Renault’s Nicolas Longuet took his maiden F1 Esports victory at Silverstone, following a dramatic race on the dwelling of the British Grand Prix. He was pushed all the best way to the top by McLaren’s Dani Moreno, who stole P2 outright on the ultimate nook, and Alfa Romeo’s Dani Bereznay, who was bumped as much as third after Purple Bull’s Frede Rasmussen and Marcel Kiefer had been each handed time penalties which meant they dropped additional down the sector.
Wednesday’s motion continued with a visit to Spa, a circuit that’s amongst drivers’ most cherished tracks, combining difficult quick corners with lengthy straights, and it didn’t disappoint. Rasmussen ran out eventual winner, sealing a vital victory within the race for the title, forward of Bereznay and Kiefer in second and third respectively.
Occasion Three ended at one in every of Formulation 1’s quickest tracks, Monza, as drivers had been capable of put pedal to the steel for nearly the whole lap, giving us among the quickest lap instances we’ve seen this season. Figuring out time is operating out to choose up wins Ferrari’s David Tonizza gave all of it he needed to safe victory on the Italian circuit, with Opmeer and Mercedes’ Brendon Leigh rounding off the highest three.
The Occasion Three outcomes imply Opmeer, Rasmussen, Kiefer and Longuet have an opportunity to win the title within the last rounds, while Alfa Romeo and Purple Bull will likely be combating to the top to take dwelling the crew’s championship this yr.
Consideration now turns to the Grand Closing, on 16-17 December, as drivers take to the monitor for the final time this yr with a double-header at Suzuka and Mexico Metropolis, earlier than the season attracts to an in depth at Interlagos, the place many real-life world championships have gone all the way down to the wire.
The stay present was streamed on-line through F1’s official channels on Fb, YouTube, Twitch and Huya, in addition to broadcast by worldwide tv companions equivalent to ESPN (US), Sky (UK) and Ziggo (Netherlands).
Following an enormous yr for F1 Esports, which noticed over 30 million individuals tune in to the Digital Grand Prix Collection, extra individuals than ever wish to become involved. The second and last devoted qualifying occasion for the 2021 F1 Esports Collection is now open till the top of November on F1 2020, the newly-released official videogame developed by Codemasters.
Julian Tan, Head of Digital Enterprise Initiatives & Esports at Formulation 1 stated:
“The F1 Esports Series continues to demonstrate the very best of esports, where we are able to put on sensational racing entertainment for our fans, both old and new to the sport, in a safe and secure way. It’s been a terrific showcase all season and with only three races to go, all eyes will be on Jarno Opmeer, Marcel Kiefer and Frede Rasmussen to see who claims the 2020 F1 Esports Series Drivers’ Championship and which F1 team is crowned 2020 F1 Esports Series Constructors’ Champion!”
Frank Sagnier, CEO at Codemasters stated:
“Even without the buzz of a packed arena, the competition has been as fierce and competitive as ever. As we enter the business end of the season, all eyes are now on Jarno Opmeer to see if he can bring home his and Alfa Romeo’s first World Championship.”
John Clarke, CEO at Gfinity stated:
“This has been another brilliant racing spectacle for fans around the globe to enjoy. Even though the drivers are in different locations around the world, the races and the show oozes competitive tension. The scene is now been set for a stunning climax to the season, with the Gfinity Arena ready to rock. Bring it on!”