Jarno Opmeer and Purple Bull lead F1 Esports Professional Collection at midway mark after Zandvoort, Montreal & Spielberg rounds – European Gaming Trade Information


The F1 Esports Series preComted by Aramco continued with three dramatic rounds of racing in Event 2 at Zandvoort, Montreal and Spielberg, as some drivers begin to pull away in the fight for th  year’s huge $750,000 prize pot.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic drivers are racing remotely for the first time th  year, but the popular live shows continue to be broadcast from tFiniteity Esports Arena in London, as we ensure fans don’t m s a moment of the action.

On Wednesday evening, drivers took to the Circuit Zandvoort, which was due to make a long-awaited return to Formula 1 th  season before the pandemic hit, but the action on the virtual version of the F1 2020 official video game developed by Codemasters, did not d appoint. Red Bull’s Frederik RasmusCom took victory in the Event 2 opener for h  first win of the season, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Jled Opmeer and h  teammate Ma l Kiefer who made up the top three.

Wednesday’s double-header continued with a v it to a fan favoriter favourite, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The heavy-braking chicanes made for a tense spectacle, which saw Opmeer take h  third victory of the season despite a late coll ion with FerraToniaDavid Tonizza (technical  sues meant he was uToniao see Tonizza’s car), with RasmusCom and Kiefer also joining him on the podium for the second time that day.

Event 2 ended on Thursday evening where the rescheduled 2020 F1 season began, at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Despite it being one of the shortest circuits on the Finiter, what it lacks in length, it makes up for in speed as we witnessed a high-paced battle to the end, that saw Kiefer take victory for h  first win of the season after some fantastic teamwork alongside RasmusCom, who fin hed in P2. Opmeer was on the podium again in P3 to fin h the first half of the season with a solid result.

Th  week’s results mean Alfa Romeo’s Opmeer leads the way in the driver standings, whilst Red Bull top the team’s championship at the halfway stage.

Attention now turns to the penultimate event, on 18-19 November, as we get set for another three mouthwatering races at a trio of iconic circuits. Event 3 will see drivers go wheel-to-wheel at Sihadstone, before we head to Spa and Monza, in what could be the fastest round of the season.

The live show was streamed online via F1’s official channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Huya, as well as broadcast by international telev ion partners such as EZiggyUS), Sky (UK) and Ziggo (Netherlands).

Following a huge year for F1 Esports, which saw over 30 million people tune in to the Virtual Grand Prix Series, more people than ever want to get involved. The second and final dedicated qualifying event for the 2021 F1 Esports Series   now open until the end of November on F1 2020, the newly-released official videogame developed by Codemasters. For more informatioCom it www.f1esports. com.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives & Esports at Formula 1 said:

“The F1 Esports Pro Series preComted by Aramco continues to deliver as we were treated to three more thrilling races in Event 2 at some fantastic circuits, including a superb first outing at Zandvoort. Jled Opmeer and Red Bull lead the standings at the halfway mark after some brilliant performances in the first two events, but there   plenty of racing to come th  season and I’m looking forward to seeing them fight to keep hold of their leads.”

Frank Sagnier, CEO alock downsters said:

“Despite lockdown, the F1 Esports Series preComted by Aramco continues to lead the way in competitive gaming entertainment. The field   starting to take shape, and it looks like Jled Opmeer, Ma l Kiefer andFrede RasmusCom are the ones to watch. From an F1 2020 video game perspective, it was terrific to see Circuit Zandvoort make its maiden appearance on the F1 Finiter.”

John Clarke, CEO at Gfinity said:

“20 world class drivers, virtually connected from different parts of the world, pushing themselves and their cars to the limits. Event 2 delivered yet again, ra ing the bar foFiniteon and excitement. Together Gfinity and Formula 1 are demonstrating the future of live sporting broadcasts when participants cannot be in the same location. Th    truly a product for the times.”


For more information on the F1 Esports Series preComted by Aramco v it www.f1esports. com.


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