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Esports: Catching up with Lucas Blakeley

August 31, 2020
2020
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Our Flying Scotsman is on form and raring to go for the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series!

The F1 Esports Pro Series is right around the corner – and we've got our line-up of Lucas Blakeley, Daniele Haddad and new signing Shanaka Clay ready to go!

Before they strap into their rigs, fire up the new game and prepare to battle their rivals for honours, we thought we’d catch up with our top trio to talk all things 2020.

First up, it's Lucas! Just to recap: Lucas joined the team in the 2019 Pro Draft and made an immediate impression in a four-race stint at the end of the Pro Series campaign that year, finishing second at Suzuka in just his second start.

Since then? Just the matter of an incredible Pro Exhibition Series campaign earlier this year, with a memorable victory on the virtual streets of Monaco and a further three podiums in seven races making him one of the stars of the series.

It's safe to say Lucas has plenty of confidence heading into the 2020 Pro Series, as the team aims to make a step forward from last year!

Lucas, you took a sensational victory at Monaco earlier this year. Do you feel like the team is at an all-time high at the moment?

“I think so, as we scored the most points of any team in the Pro Exhibition Series. So, as a team the confidence has been really high going into this year and we’ve taken that into the new F1 2020 game.

“We're really optimistic about what we can achieve this year – but you can never be complacent for one minute. The moment you get complacent, you fall back down the pecking order.

“We had a great run in the Pro Exhibition Series with four podiums – one of which was the win in Monaco, which tested the vocal chords!

“We've had a good run of momentum – but we've got to be smart and keep the hard work going. That's exactly what we're doing heading into the Pro Series.”

All drivers want titles. But which would you want more – the Constructors’ crown or the Drivers’ championship?

“At the end of the day, every driver’s natural instinct is for the Drivers’ Championship! But this is a team sport as much as it is a driver sport. We can't perform to our best without the team.

“So, ultimately, what the driver and team want is always aligned – as it should be.”

A new recruit in Shanaka Clay has just been confirmed. Did his shock victory in the Pro Exhibition Series at Canada announce him as a talent to watch in your eyes?

“Definitely. You can count on your one hand the number of drivers that have jumped in and pulled off a performance like Shanaka did in Canada – let alone win a race!

“To do that at the second attempt, at such a challenging track like Canada, in really, really wet conditions, was so impressive.

“It must have been an absolute nightmare to hold his nerve as well when he had [double F1 Esports Pro Series Champion] Brendon Leigh coming after him as well.

“That sort of performance and result puts you on the map – full stop. It's a massive achievement to do that in such an early stage of your career and would have definitely put him on the radar of the teams.”

Our Flying Scotsman is on form and raring to go for the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series!

The F1 Esports Pro Series is right around the corner – and we've got our line-up of Lucas Blakeley, Daniele Haddad and new signing Shanaka Clay ready to go!

Before they strap into their rigs, fire up the new game and prepare to battle their rivals for honours, we thought we’d catch up with our top trio to talk all things 2020.

First up, it's Lucas! Just to recap: Lucas joined the team in the 2019 Pro Draft and made an immediate impression in a four-race stint at the end of the Pro Series campaign that year, finishing second at Suzuka in just his second start.

Since then? Just the matter of an incredible Pro Exhibition Series campaign earlier this year, with a memorable victory on the virtual streets of Monaco and a further three podiums in seven races making him one of the stars of the series.

It's safe to say Lucas has plenty of confidence heading into the 2020 Pro Series, as the team aims to make a step forward from last year!

Lucas, you took a sensational victory at Monaco earlier this year. Do you feel like the team is at an all-time high at the moment?

“I think so, as we scored the most points of any team in the Pro Exhibition Series. So, as a team the confidence has been really high going into this year and we’ve taken that into the new F1 2020 game.

“We're really optimistic about what we can achieve this year – but you can never be complacent for one minute. The moment you get complacent, you fall back down the pecking order.

“We had a great run in the Pro Exhibition Series with four podiums – one of which was the win in Monaco, which tested the vocal chords!

“We've had a good run of momentum – but we've got to be smart and keep the hard work going. That's exactly what we're doing heading into the Pro Series.”

All drivers want titles. But which would you want more – the Constructors’ crown or the Drivers’ championship?

“At the end of the day, every driver’s natural instinct is for the Drivers’ Championship! But this is a team sport as much as it is a driver sport. We can't perform to our best without the team.

“So, ultimately, what the driver and team want is always aligned – as it should be.”

A new recruit in Shanaka Clay has just been confirmed. Did his shock victory in the Pro Exhibition Series at Canada announce him as a talent to watch in your eyes?

“Definitely. You can count on your one hand the number of drivers that have jumped in and pulled off a performance like Shanaka did in Canada – let alone win a race!

“To do that at the second attempt, at such a challenging track like Canada, in really, really wet conditions, was so impressive.

“It must have been an absolute nightmare to hold his nerve as well when he had [double F1 Esports Pro Series Champion] Brendon Leigh coming after him as well.

“That sort of performance and result puts you on the map – full stop. It's a massive achievement to do that in such an early stage of your career and would have definitely put him on the radar of the teams.”

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