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Esports: Bouncing Back in Event Two

November 3, 2020
2020
Esports
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BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team ready for the next triple-header

The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team is raring to go for the second round of the F1 Esports Pro Series, which will include the exciting addition of Zandvoort!

After a challenging opener impacted by technical issues during pitstops at Bahrain and Vietnam, Lucas Blakeley ensured the team enters Event Two on a high after an impressive P6 in China.

This time, the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team must rise to the challenge of races at Zandvoort, making its virtual F1 debut ahead of the real-world Grand Prix’s comeback, and driver-favourites Canada and Austria.

Shanaka and Lucas will combine to take on Zandvoort and Lucas will partner with Daniele for the races in Canada and Austria.

The team is P8 in the Constructors’ Championship with 10 points, but the field is tightly packed and the margins are slim. We caught up with Lucas, Daniele Haddad and Shanaka Clay.

The inclusion of Zandvoort is an exciting addition to the F1 Esports Pro Series, what are your expectations of racing there?

Lucas: “I think it could be a real highlight as it’s so much fun to drive on the game and there’s still plenty of unknowns going into it.

“We don’t know what the racing will be like there or where the best spots for overtaking are.”

Shanaka, you memorably took a victory at Canada this year after winning the F1 Pro Exhibition race there. How do you think the field will find the challenge of Canada?

Shanaka: “While I won't be competing there, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the racing at Canada goes.

“The track has changed in this year’s game and the track limits have too, so no one really has a reference point going into it.

“It’s a low grip, high-speed track with limited overtaking, so qualifying well and having a strong first lap will be key.”

What are the targets for the team going into Event Two?

Daniele: “We didn’t get the results that we would have wanted in the opening round, so we’re motivated to come back stronger in Event Two and really show what we are capable of.

“The biggest takeaway going into this round is how close the grid is. A tenth can be the difference between pole all the way down to P15, and we’re going to be racing on some tracks with very short laps, so every little detail is going to be important.”

Lucas: “We’re coming into this event off the back of a challenging opener, but we did end on the high of a sixth-place finish in China, so that gives me confidence going into this week.

“We know we’ll need to be on our A-game throughout, and we’ve analysed and looked over the data from last time out to make sure we’re going in the right direction. We’re aiming for a smoother event and more points to underline our potential.”

Shanaka: “I think we showed good potential in the first event, but now it’s about extracting it more consistently and making sure we qualify higher up the grid.

“We’ve seen just how closely-matched the grid is, so making Q3 is a real achievement this year. Upon reflection, I think there’s more to come from the set-up in that we can make it easier to extract more from the car. We know it’s there and I’m confident we can find it.”

BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team ready for the next triple-header

The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team is raring to go for the second round of the F1 Esports Pro Series, which will include the exciting addition of Zandvoort!

After a challenging opener impacted by technical issues during pitstops at Bahrain and Vietnam, Lucas Blakeley ensured the team enters Event Two on a high after an impressive P6 in China.

This time, the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team must rise to the challenge of races at Zandvoort, making its virtual F1 debut ahead of the real-world Grand Prix’s comeback, and driver-favourites Canada and Austria.

Shanaka and Lucas will combine to take on Zandvoort and Lucas will partner with Daniele for the races in Canada and Austria.

The team is P8 in the Constructors’ Championship with 10 points, but the field is tightly packed and the margins are slim. We caught up with Lucas, Daniele Haddad and Shanaka Clay.

The inclusion of Zandvoort is an exciting addition to the F1 Esports Pro Series, what are your expectations of racing there?

Lucas: “I think it could be a real highlight as it’s so much fun to drive on the game and there’s still plenty of unknowns going into it.

“We don’t know what the racing will be like there or where the best spots for overtaking are.”

Shanaka, you memorably took a victory at Canada this year after winning the F1 Pro Exhibition race there. How do you think the field will find the challenge of Canada?

Shanaka: “While I won't be competing there, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the racing at Canada goes.

“The track has changed in this year’s game and the track limits have too, so no one really has a reference point going into it.

“It’s a low grip, high-speed track with limited overtaking, so qualifying well and having a strong first lap will be key.”

What are the targets for the team going into Event Two?

Daniele: “We didn’t get the results that we would have wanted in the opening round, so we’re motivated to come back stronger in Event Two and really show what we are capable of.

“The biggest takeaway going into this round is how close the grid is. A tenth can be the difference between pole all the way down to P15, and we’re going to be racing on some tracks with very short laps, so every little detail is going to be important.”

Lucas: “We’re coming into this event off the back of a challenging opener, but we did end on the high of a sixth-place finish in China, so that gives me confidence going into this week.

“We know we’ll need to be on our A-game throughout, and we’ve analysed and looked over the data from last time out to make sure we’re going in the right direction. We’re aiming for a smoother event and more points to underline our potential.”

Shanaka: “I think we showed good potential in the first event, but now it’s about extracting it more consistently and making sure we qualify higher up the grid.

“We’ve seen just how closely-matched the grid is, so making Q3 is a real achievement this year. Upon reflection, I think there’s more to come from the set-up in that we can make it easier to extract more from the car. We know it’s there and I’m confident we can find it.”

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