The 2022 F1 Esports Series is back for another year, with the first three rounds of the championship kicking off this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Twelve rounds will be split into four events over the next few months, with three rounds each, as we head into the Grand Finals at the end of the year.
Here are all the key details for this season’s championship…
What is the schedule and where can I watch the F1 Esports Championship?
(Information via F1 press release)
“This year, drivers will compete in four events which will each include three days of racing, with qualifying and racing for each round taking place on its own day. Qualifying and racing for round 1 at the Sakhir International Circuit will take place on Wednesday September 14, before Round 2 (Imola) and Round 3 (Silverstone) take place on Thursday and Friday respectively.Each qualifying session will be streamed live from 3.30pm BST on official YouTube, Twitch and Huya Formula 1, with the race broadcast live from 7.30pm BST on the same platforms, plus Facebook.All race streams will also be shown with select TV broadcasters including Sky Sports F1, Viaplay and ESPN.Production will be again live from the Gfinity Arena in London, but drivers will continue to race from Esports team facilities or factories, or from their own homes, and compete on r the official F1.® 22, developed by EA and Codemasters.
Who is driving for whom in this year’s F1 Esports Championship?
(Information via F1 press release)
“Since last year’s championship there have been several high profile moves on the grid, including Lucas Blakeley, who finished third in last year’s competition, moving from Aston Martin to McLaren Shadow, the return of Manuel Biancolilla after a year’s absence to join Aston Martin, and the move of Filip Prešnajder from Alfa Romeo to Alpine.Back-to-back reigning champion Jarno Opmeer remains with Mercedes, while Brendon Leigh remains with Ferrari alongside his teammate Davide Tonizza.Red Bull has kept all its drivers, including the formidable duo Marcel Kiefer and Frede Rasmussen.
“This new season brings plenty of new talent to the grid as Alpine signs Briton Luke Smith who finished second in the 2022 Pro Exhibition, while Aston Martin brings in Pro-Exhibition semi-finalist Josh Evans, and Haas signs 2022 Pro Exhibition champion Thomas Ronhar.
“There are a total of nine driver moves on the grid, and seven new drivers on this year’s driver roster all of whom were spotted through the Pro 2022 exhibition after qualifying through one of the drivers F1.® The Esports Series qualifying courses, including the DHL Time Trial.
Alfa Romeo ORLEN F1: Nicolas Longuet, Tomasz Poradzisz, Dani Bereznay
Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports Team: Joni Törmälä, Sebastian Job, Josh Idowu
Alpine Esports Team: Luke Smith, Filip Prešnajder, Patrik Sipos
Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Esports Team: John Evans, Manuel Biancolilla, Simon Weigang
Scuderia Ferrari Velas Esports Team: David Tonizza, Brendon Leigh, Fabrizio Donoso
Haas F1 Team Esports: Thomas Ronhaar, Piotr Stachulec, Matthjs van Erven
McLaren Shadow: Wilson Hughes, Bardia Boroumand, Lucas Blakeley
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team: Jarno Opmeer, Dani Moreno, Jake Benham
Red Bull Racing Esports: Marcel Kiefer, Frederik Rasmussen, Liam Parnell
Williams Esports: Alvaro Carretón, Shanaka Clay, Daniele Haddad
The 2022 Formula 1 Esports calendar:
Event 1 September 14-16
Tower 1 Sakhir, Bahrain
Tower 2 Imola, Italy
Round 3 Silverstone, Great Britain
Event 2 October 12-14
Round 4 Red Bull Ring, Austria
Round 5 Spa, Belgium
Round 6 Zandvoort, Netherlands
Event 3 November 2-4
Round 7 Monza, Italy
Round 8 Mexico City, Mexico
Round 9 Austin, USA
Event 4 December 14-16
Round 10 Suzuka, Japan
Tower 11 Interlagos, Brazil
Tower 12 Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
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