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Feature: BWT Racing Point Esports Team set for F1 Esports Pro Series

October 13, 2020
2020
Esports
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Lucas, Daniele and Shanaka ready to fight for honours in 2020 season

The 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series begins this week and the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team line-up of Lucas Blakeley, Daniele Haddad and Shanaka Clay are ready to fight for victories and podiums.

Lucas and Daniele will take part in the season-opening two-day triple-header across Bahrain – the only night race of the 2020 season – alongside newcomer Vietnam and China.

There have also been tweaks to this year’s format with race distances increased to 35% and a new qualifying format that reflects the real-world Formula 1 World Championship.

After an encouraging 2019 season in which Lucas scored a podium in Japan, the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team starred in the Pro Exhibition Series with its race-winning form.

Spirits are high ahead of Wednesday and Thursday’s event, and we’ve caught up with the Esports drivers before they race hard for the team!

Lucas and Daniele, how are you feeling going into the competition?

Lucas: "It's always exciting in the build-up to a new season of the F1 Esports Pro Series. The season opener is going to be all about getting into the zone and preparing as best as we can.

“I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward to experiencing the new format changes, it's going to make for a really intense spectacle.”

Daniele: "It's going to be a tough campaign this year as the competition is so high, but I truly believe we're ready to compete for great results.

“It's about keeping our focus and being clinical when opportunities arrive. I'm confident going into the event as we've had a strong pre-season. We’re excited and ready to prove ourselves in a really varied triple-header to start the season.”

Shanaka, what can you learn from the reserve driver role in the first event?

Shanaka: “I'm really looking forward to the season getting started. Obviously, I won't be driving and instead, I'll be in a reserve role for the first event.

“I'm very keen to work hard and help Lucas and Daniele in any way that I can. They've both been with the team for over a year and they have that existing relationship, which is hugely important, and I can learn from that. When I get my chance on track, I'll be ready to prove myself.”

Which tracks are you most looking forward to?

Lucas: “We've got some new additions in Zandvoort and Vietnam. Vietnam is a very tricky street circuit and we'll be racing there in round one.

“I think it will punish mistakes and it could be a crucial race in the championship. I also really enjoy Bahrain too, but my favourite track is Silverstone - it's a beauty of a track!”

Daniele: “I love Spa, it’s absolutely one of my favourite tracks. Like Lucas, I really like Bahrain – and I’m excited to take on the challenge of Vietnam for the first time.”

Shanaka: “I won at Canada in the F1 Pro Exhibition Series, so I’ve had success there in the past and that makes it a favourite. I’ve always loved racing in Japan, Belgium and Italy too!”

What will it be like to race remotely this year, rather than in the impressive G-finity Arena?

Daniele: “It's going to be strange not to be racing in a studio event as the atmosphere is so incredible, but it's a credit to Formula 1 and everyone involved that we can put on a show remotely and I think it's going to be a great season for the fans.”

Lucas: “We got a taste of it this year with the Pro Exhibition series. Like anyone, I'd prefer to race at the arena and it's amazing to see everyone and all the teams racing together.

“It's a special feeling, but I'm sure once we start racing, we'll forget all about what's around us and focus on getting some great results.”

Fans in the UK, Italy and Germany can see the action unfold on Sky Sports, with ESPN providing the broadcast for the USA. SuperSport will broadcast across Africa while Fox Sports will broadcast in Latin America and Australia. Ziggo will provide the Dutch broadcast, while Nordic Entertainment Group covers Scandinavia.

Lucas, Daniele and Shanaka ready to fight for honours in 2020 season

The 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series begins this week and the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team line-up of Lucas Blakeley, Daniele Haddad and Shanaka Clay are ready to fight for victories and podiums.

Lucas and Daniele will take part in the season-opening two-day triple-header across Bahrain – the only night race of the 2020 season – alongside newcomer Vietnam and China.

There have also been tweaks to this year’s format with race distances increased to 35% and a new qualifying format that reflects the real-world Formula 1 World Championship.

After an encouraging 2019 season in which Lucas scored a podium in Japan, the BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team starred in the Pro Exhibition Series with its race-winning form.

Spirits are high ahead of Wednesday and Thursday’s event, and we’ve caught up with the Esports drivers before they race hard for the team!

Lucas and Daniele, how are you feeling going into the competition?

Lucas: "It's always exciting in the build-up to a new season of the F1 Esports Pro Series. The season opener is going to be all about getting into the zone and preparing as best as we can.

“I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward to experiencing the new format changes, it's going to make for a really intense spectacle.”

Daniele: "It's going to be a tough campaign this year as the competition is so high, but I truly believe we're ready to compete for great results.

“It's about keeping our focus and being clinical when opportunities arrive. I'm confident going into the event as we've had a strong pre-season. We’re excited and ready to prove ourselves in a really varied triple-header to start the season.”

Shanaka, what can you learn from the reserve driver role in the first event?

Shanaka: “I'm really looking forward to the season getting started. Obviously, I won't be driving and instead, I'll be in a reserve role for the first event.

“I'm very keen to work hard and help Lucas and Daniele in any way that I can. They've both been with the team for over a year and they have that existing relationship, which is hugely important, and I can learn from that. When I get my chance on track, I'll be ready to prove myself.”

Which tracks are you most looking forward to?

Lucas: “We've got some new additions in Zandvoort and Vietnam. Vietnam is a very tricky street circuit and we'll be racing there in round one.

“I think it will punish mistakes and it could be a crucial race in the championship. I also really enjoy Bahrain too, but my favourite track is Silverstone - it's a beauty of a track!”

Daniele: “I love Spa, it’s absolutely one of my favourite tracks. Like Lucas, I really like Bahrain – and I’m excited to take on the challenge of Vietnam for the first time.”

Shanaka: “I won at Canada in the F1 Pro Exhibition Series, so I’ve had success there in the past and that makes it a favourite. I’ve always loved racing in Japan, Belgium and Italy too!”

What will it be like to race remotely this year, rather than in the impressive G-finity Arena?

Daniele: “It's going to be strange not to be racing in a studio event as the atmosphere is so incredible, but it's a credit to Formula 1 and everyone involved that we can put on a show remotely and I think it's going to be a great season for the fans.”

Lucas: “We got a taste of it this year with the Pro Exhibition series. Like anyone, I'd prefer to race at the arena and it's amazing to see everyone and all the teams racing together.

“It's a special feeling, but I'm sure once we start racing, we'll forget all about what's around us and focus on getting some great results.”

Fans in the UK, Italy and Germany can see the action unfold on Sky Sports, with ESPN providing the broadcast for the USA. SuperSport will broadcast across Africa while Fox Sports will broadcast in Latin America and Australia. Ziggo will provide the Dutch broadcast, while Nordic Entertainment Group covers Scandinavia.

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