Silverware in F1 Esports 2019 Finale!
The F1 Esports Pro Series returned to the Gfinity Esports Arena in London for one final time this year, with the 2019 season reaching its conclusion.
With 25% races at Suzuka, the Circuit of the Americas and Interlagos, everything was still to play for, with both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships still up for grabs.
Experiencing a challenging time in Event 3, SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team bounced back in the final event of the year, delivering a set of special results.
Suzuka - Japan
The fourth and final event of the F1 Esports Pro Series kicked-off in Suzuka, Japan, with the circuit making its debut in the championship which is now in its third season.
Starting from P4 and P8, Lucas and Daniele performed well in qualifying, lining up on the second and fourth rows of the 20-car grid.
Securing a strong start, Lucas maintained P4 in the opening stages and remained in touch with the top three runners while Daniele advanced to P6.
Shaking up his strategy, Lucas boxed at the end of lap 4, swapping his Soft tyres for a set of Mediums before rejoining in P7.
While this appeared to be a gamble, it ultimately paid off, with Lucas’ undercut strategy placing him in second as the leaders pitted.
Holding off a strong challenge from Toro Rosso’s Patrik Holzmann, Lucas took P2 when the chequered flag waved to record his maiden F1 Esports Pro Series podium.
A handful of penalties for Daniele meanwhile relegated the Italian to P15.
COTA - USA
The penultimate race of 2019 took place at a familiar venue in the F1 Esports Pro Series - the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Failing to replicate their form from Japan, Daniele and Lucas lined up in P15 and P18 on the grid, swapping positions on track in what was an action-packed first lap.
Starting on the Soft tyres, Lucas pitted at the end of lap 2 after moving into P15 while Daniele extended his opening stint on the Mediums to pit with seven laps to go.
Despite making inroads late on in the race, points were out of reach with Daniele taking P13 while Lucas took P15.
Interlagos - Brazil
The second race was but a bump in the road as both Daniele and Lucas showcased positive pace for the final race of the season, securing P3 and P11 on the grid at Interlagos.
With lighting-fast reaction times when the starting lights went out, Daniele held his place in the podium positions while Lucas charged forward, running as high as P6 before pitting at the end of lap 3.
Opting for the undercut strategy in a similar fashion to Lucas in Japan, Daniele boxed at the end of his seventh lap to fit the Medium tyres in an attempt to make inroads on David Tonizza and Daniel Bereznay ahead.
Rejoining the race in traffic, Daniele lost a lot of time, however, took P6 at the chequered flag. Lucas meanwhile took P9 by overtaking championship hopeful Frederik Rasmussen into Turn 1.
With the 25% race at Interlagos marking the final round of the season, the 2019 F1 Esports Pro Series has reached its conclusion, with Tonizza emerging as the victor of the Drivers’ Championship.
Amassing 99 points, Daniele, Lucas and Marcel delivered SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team with P7 in Constructors’ Standings as Red Bull Racing ultimately came out on top.
The F1 Esports Pro Series will return late next year where 30 drivers from 10 teams will once again put the peddle to the metal - this time on F1 2020…