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Esports: Lucas, Daniele & Shanaka Recap Round 2

November 9, 2020
2020
Esports
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It was a challenging triple header for the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team in F1 Esports Pro Series’ Event Two which came to a thrilling double point scoring end in Austria with Lucas Blakeley in seventh and Daniele Haddad in ninth.

We caught up with all three of our drivers to get their thoughts on Event Two.

Lucas:

“We managed to get a solid result for the team by getting both cars into the points in Austria and it’s a great feeling after a couple of tough races in Event Two. It might only have been P7, but honestly it felt like a podium as Dani and I did a good job out there on the alternate strategy.

“Getting the Driver of the Day award also feels pretty special. We know we have room to improve and we will go through everything with a fine comb and analyse it all as we’ve put a lot of hard work in and not quite got the results we warranted in the Netherlands and Canada.

“Zandvoort was always going to be tricky once we qualified down the field, but we moved forward which was important. We made a step in qualifying in Canada, but the race was really unfortunate. I’m not sure why I was unable to get the most out of the car but Dani did and he was so unlucky not to score points. But overall, I’m happy and we’re excited for Event Three.”

Daniele:

“I think we performed really well in this event. We improved a lot overnight and we got what we deserved with a double-points finish in Austria. I honestly think we could’ve made it to Q3, but regardless our race pace was really strong and we need to build on that in the coming events.

“In some ways it feels like I scored points in two of the three races, as we were definitely on course to do so in Canada. I had a collision at the end, which was not my fault, and it prevented me from scoring points. I was in P10 but I had damage to the front wing. The qualifying pace has been tricky in Event Two and we know we need to work on it.

“There’s promising signs in the team that we can compete even higher up the field, but we need to execute it more consistently. We’ve continued to score points, so I’m positive about Event Three.”

Shanaka:

“I’m delighted to have made my debut for the team in the F1 Esports Pro Series, but I think we were quite unlucky at Zandvoort. We had some decent pace but we couldn’t extract it fully in qualifying to move into Q2 and then Q3. We missed out by a couple of hundredths of a second and on another day, we could’ve been higher up the order.

“With hindsight, I think we might have missed something in the set-up, so we’ll look into that and see what we can learn. In Canada, as a team we were stronger but we couldn’t make it to Q3. It was a tough race to make progress in for Lucas and Daniele, but they both drove strongly and Dani was unlucky to miss out on the points through no fault of his own.

“I was really happy to see them both score points in Austria to end the event on a high and it was definitely deserved. We’ll work hard between now and Event Three to make sure we fight towards the front of the field.”

It was a challenging triple header for the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team in F1 Esports Pro Series’ Event Two which came to a thrilling double point scoring end in Austria with Lucas Blakeley in seventh and Daniele Haddad in ninth.

We caught up with all three of our drivers to get their thoughts on Event Two.

Lucas:

“We managed to get a solid result for the team by getting both cars into the points in Austria and it’s a great feeling after a couple of tough races in Event Two. It might only have been P7, but honestly it felt like a podium as Dani and I did a good job out there on the alternate strategy.

“Getting the Driver of the Day award also feels pretty special. We know we have room to improve and we will go through everything with a fine comb and analyse it all as we’ve put a lot of hard work in and not quite got the results we warranted in the Netherlands and Canada.

“Zandvoort was always going to be tricky once we qualified down the field, but we moved forward which was important. We made a step in qualifying in Canada, but the race was really unfortunate. I’m not sure why I was unable to get the most out of the car but Dani did and he was so unlucky not to score points. But overall, I’m happy and we’re excited for Event Three.”

Daniele:

“I think we performed really well in this event. We improved a lot overnight and we got what we deserved with a double-points finish in Austria. I honestly think we could’ve made it to Q3, but regardless our race pace was really strong and we need to build on that in the coming events.

“In some ways it feels like I scored points in two of the three races, as we were definitely on course to do so in Canada. I had a collision at the end, which was not my fault, and it prevented me from scoring points. I was in P10 but I had damage to the front wing. The qualifying pace has been tricky in Event Two and we know we need to work on it.

“There’s promising signs in the team that we can compete even higher up the field, but we need to execute it more consistently. We’ve continued to score points, so I’m positive about Event Three.”

Shanaka:

“I’m delighted to have made my debut for the team in the F1 Esports Pro Series, but I think we were quite unlucky at Zandvoort. We had some decent pace but we couldn’t extract it fully in qualifying to move into Q2 and then Q3. We missed out by a couple of hundredths of a second and on another day, we could’ve been higher up the order.

“With hindsight, I think we might have missed something in the set-up, so we’ll look into that and see what we can learn. In Canada, as a team we were stronger but we couldn’t make it to Q3. It was a tough race to make progress in for Lucas and Daniele, but they both drove strongly and Dani was unlucky to miss out on the points through no fault of his own.

“I was really happy to see them both score points in Austria to end the event on a high and it was definitely deserved. We’ll work hard between now and Event Three to make sure we fight towards the front of the field.”

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