After nine races, the final event of the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series is set to be contested shortly. Four drivers remain in with a mathematical chance of claiming the Driver’s Championship and following two-time winner Brendon Leigh and last year’s winner David Tonizza as the F1 Pro Esports Series Champion.
The two-day Grand Final event takes place on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December and features, as in real F1, a mix of practice, qualifying, and actual race sessions. A total of three races are scheduled for the two days of action.
The first race takes place at Suzuka, the second in Mexico City, and the final race at the famous Brazilian track of Interlagos, which has been the final race of many famous F1 seasons of yesteryear.
For those wishing to tune in to watch the event live, live shows will be streamed on the official F1 Channels across social media sites Facebook, YouTube, Huya, and Twitch. However, there are also live TV shows across a number of broadcasters around the world including Ziggo in the Netherlands, Sky Sports F1 (in the UK), and ESPN in the United States.
The races at Suzuka and Mexico City tracks will be held on Wednesday, with the final race of the year, as well as recaps of the races from the previous day, being shown on Thursday.
The Current Standings in the F1 Esports Pro Series
With three races and a total of 78 points up for grabs, there are four drivers who have a theoretical chance of winning the title. The clear favourite of that quartet is Jarno Opmeer, of Alfa Romeo, who has amassed 153 points so far. He leads the two Red Bull drivers, Frede Rasmussen and Marcel Kiefer who have amassed 134 and 121 points respectively.
Also in with a theoretical chance is the Renault drive Nicolas Longuet, although he does trail by some distance with 88 points and would need an extremely unlikely set of race results in order to overturn that gap.
Rasmussen’s hopes are boosted by the fact that the first of the three races across the two days is at Suzuka, a track where he was victorious last season. If he can replicate that success this year, then he could close the gap on Opmeer still further with two races still remaining.
Furthermore, given the consistency of both Red Bull drivers, who have both scored good points in almost every race this season, is it conceivable that we may even see the esports version of F1 team orders in play in the races to try and influence the outcome of the Driver’s Championship?
In the constructor’s race, it is very much a battle between two teams. While Opmeer’s points have him top of the driver’s table, his team Alfa Romeo lies second in the constructor’s championship with 223 points behind Red Bull who have amassed 255. The odds look good for a Red Bull success here especially given the consistency of both their drivers.
The Grand Final action starts Wednesday afternoon from 15.30GMT on Twitch and YouTube.
Featured Image Credits: Red Bull Racing Esports