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Esports: Top six finish in F1 Esports Pro Series opener

October 16, 2020
2020
Esports
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Team scores 10 points across first three races of the season

BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team scored a top-six finish as the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series kicked off with a triple-header across Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

The team scored at least a point in all three races, but poor luck and technical issues hindered the opening two races in Bahrain and Vietnam.

Race One: Bahrain

The team opened the season with a point under the lights in Bahrain as Lucas secured a Top 10 finish.

The Scot had impressed earlier in the day by qualifying P6 and he carried his pace into the race.

Lucas ran with the leaders throughout the opening stint and, like the majority of the field, he favoured the strategy of starting on Soft tyres before a mid-race switch to Mediums.

He then ran as high as P3 before pitting, but a technical issue in the pitstop resulted in a P10 finish.

But Lucas’s fighting spirit came to the fore with a late move that lifted him into the points, while Daniele took P17.

Daniele put together an impressive opening stint, avoiding midfield incidents and running longer than most on the Softs, but post-race penalties affected his result.

Race Two: Vietnam

This was a race many drivers had highlighted as potential wildcard. Yet to be raced in real life, this was the first Formula 1 event to be take place in Hanoi – virtual or otherwise!

While Lucas was hampered by a damaged front wing in Qualifying that knocked him out in Q1 and let him in P17, Daniele starred.

The Italian left it late to make Q3 – crossing the line with seconds to spare before beginning a flying lap that was worth the wait! After sealing a Q3 spot, he then put together a strong lap for P7.

Daniele started on the Soft tyres and again ran a lengthy opening stint that lifted him up to P3, but a technical problem in the pitstop while switching to Mediums cost him precious time.

Not to be deterred, an exciting second stint involving multiple close battles underlined Daniele’s skill on his way to a P10 finish.

Lucas was caught up in an opening lap incident that sent him airborne and all the way down to P20, but he was still able to fire in the fastest lap of the race and fight his way back up to P17!

Race Three: China

Lucas scored the team’s best result of Event One in China by finishing P6 in an exciting finale, bouncing back from an unlucky qualifying session.

The Scot had topped Q2 after the first runs, but as the track evolved he was unable to put together a faster second lap, meaning he missed the cut-off in P11.

The field was split on strategy going into the race, with some opting for a shorter stint on Softs before a move onto the Mediums and others favouring a longer stint on the Mediums before a switch to the Softs.

Lucas opted for the former and climbed three places on the first two laps as he charged up the order, gaining a further two places when the Ferrari drivers hit issues. Lucas made his one and only pitstop and briefly threatened for P5 before settling into P6.

Daniele endured a difficult race in China after opening lap contact damaged his front wing and forced him into a second stop on the way to P15, following a post-race penalty.

Lucas: “To have such an unlucky qualifying gave me huge motivation for the race in China. We’d made it to P1 in Q2 and then dropped to P11 at the end, which just shows how close it is out there.

"It was disappointing but I’m really happy with the result in the race. We extracted everything from the car to get to P6 and score good points. It helped make up for the disappointment in Bahrain and Vietnam yesterday.

"We’ve demonstrated decent qualifying pace across the event, but we’ve been let down by a bit of bad luck here and there. The main thing is we ended Event One on a real positive and had some good fights out there. It’s a platform to build on and we’re going to keep working hard and aim for more in the next event.”

Daniele: “I think with a bit more luck, we could’ve had a strong opening event with good points. China was a difficult event for me, and the first lap contact prevented us from recovering in the race. The highlight for me was our qualifying pace. I started P7 in Vietnam and Lucas was P6 in Bahrain.

"Sadly, we both had some technical issues in the pitstops, which costs us, but it can happen to anyone. We definitely targeted top five finishes, but we’ve seen in this event just how strong the competition is. The new qualifying format is not easy, the whole field can be decided by just a tenth or two.

"We might be wanting more right now, but I believe there’s plenty of promising signs for the future events and we’ll go away and do our homework to come back stronger next time.”

Team scores 10 points across first three races of the season

BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team scored a top-six finish as the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series kicked off with a triple-header across Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

The team scored at least a point in all three races, but poor luck and technical issues hindered the opening two races in Bahrain and Vietnam.

Race One: Bahrain

The team opened the season with a point under the lights in Bahrain as Lucas secured a Top 10 finish.

The Scot had impressed earlier in the day by qualifying P6 and he carried his pace into the race.

Lucas ran with the leaders throughout the opening stint and, like the majority of the field, he favoured the strategy of starting on Soft tyres before a mid-race switch to Mediums.

He then ran as high as P3 before pitting, but a technical issue in the pitstop resulted in a P10 finish.

But Lucas’s fighting spirit came to the fore with a late move that lifted him into the points, while Daniele took P17.

Daniele put together an impressive opening stint, avoiding midfield incidents and running longer than most on the Softs, but post-race penalties affected his result.

Race Two: Vietnam

This was a race many drivers had highlighted as potential wildcard. Yet to be raced in real life, this was the first Formula 1 event to be take place in Hanoi – virtual or otherwise!

While Lucas was hampered by a damaged front wing in Qualifying that knocked him out in Q1 and let him in P17, Daniele starred.

The Italian left it late to make Q3 – crossing the line with seconds to spare before beginning a flying lap that was worth the wait! After sealing a Q3 spot, he then put together a strong lap for P7.

Daniele started on the Soft tyres and again ran a lengthy opening stint that lifted him up to P3, but a technical problem in the pitstop while switching to Mediums cost him precious time.

Not to be deterred, an exciting second stint involving multiple close battles underlined Daniele’s skill on his way to a P10 finish.

Lucas was caught up in an opening lap incident that sent him airborne and all the way down to P20, but he was still able to fire in the fastest lap of the race and fight his way back up to P17!

Race Three: China

Lucas scored the team’s best result of Event One in China by finishing P6 in an exciting finale, bouncing back from an unlucky qualifying session.

The Scot had topped Q2 after the first runs, but as the track evolved he was unable to put together a faster second lap, meaning he missed the cut-off in P11.

The field was split on strategy going into the race, with some opting for a shorter stint on Softs before a move onto the Mediums and others favouring a longer stint on the Mediums before a switch to the Softs.

Lucas opted for the former and climbed three places on the first two laps as he charged up the order, gaining a further two places when the Ferrari drivers hit issues. Lucas made his one and only pitstop and briefly threatened for P5 before settling into P6.

Daniele endured a difficult race in China after opening lap contact damaged his front wing and forced him into a second stop on the way to P15, following a post-race penalty.

Lucas: “To have such an unlucky qualifying gave me huge motivation for the race in China. We’d made it to P1 in Q2 and then dropped to P11 at the end, which just shows how close it is out there.

"It was disappointing but I’m really happy with the result in the race. We extracted everything from the car to get to P6 and score good points. It helped make up for the disappointment in Bahrain and Vietnam yesterday.

"We’ve demonstrated decent qualifying pace across the event, but we’ve been let down by a bit of bad luck here and there. The main thing is we ended Event One on a real positive and had some good fights out there. It’s a platform to build on and we’re going to keep working hard and aim for more in the next event.”

Daniele: “I think with a bit more luck, we could’ve had a strong opening event with good points. China was a difficult event for me, and the first lap contact prevented us from recovering in the race. The highlight for me was our qualifying pace. I started P7 in Vietnam and Lucas was P6 in Bahrain.

"Sadly, we both had some technical issues in the pitstops, which costs us, but it can happen to anyone. We definitely targeted top five finishes, but we’ve seen in this event just how strong the competition is. The new qualifying format is not easy, the whole field can be decided by just a tenth or two.

"We might be wanting more right now, but I believe there’s plenty of promising signs for the future events and we’ll go away and do our homework to come back stronger next time.”

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