The third season of the Formula 1 Esports Series is well underway. Already it’s been a fascinating contest with Red Bull currently topping the teams’ standings. But with legendary F1 teams like Ferrari making their first appearance in the Formula 1 Esports Series, it promises to be a thrilling season.
While most motor racing fans will be watching the real-life action between Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, the F1 Esports Series offers a fun alternative. 2018 saw the British driver Brendon Leigh winning his second-successive title, but it looks like the 2019 season could be harder to call.
WHO’S CURRENTLY WINNING THE 2019 FORMULA 1 ESPORTS SERIES?
As of 3 October, David Tonizza is currently topping the Formula 1 Esports Series drivers’ standings. The Ferrari driver has managed to pick up an excellent 104 points so far. Close behind is the Danish gamer Frederik Rasmussen who has gained 92 points in his Red Bull car. Red Bull are now topping the constructor’s standings.
Rasmussen had been 22 points behind after round one, but Wednesday night saw the Danish driver closing the gap. The race was held at the Gfinity Arena in London, and the competitors raced on simulations of the British, Canadian and Austrian race circuits.
Tonizza showed his excellent racing skills to win on the Austrian Spielberg circuit. However, Renault’s German star Cedric Thome managed to pick up an important win on the Canadian Montreal track. Marcel Kiefer succeeded at Silverstone in his Racing Point car.
The two-time champion Brendon Leigh had a trickier time. The Mercedes driver managed to pick up second place in Montreal, but could only claim fifth place overall. This means that Leigh is now 56 points behind Tonizza and he will have some serious work to do to claim his third successive title. Here are the current driver standings:
- 1. D. Tonizza (Ferrari) – 104 points
- 2. F. Rasmussen (Red Bull) – 92 points
- 3. J. Opmeer (Renault) – 59 points
- 4. M. Kiefer (Racing Point) – 56 point
- 5. B. Leigh (Mercedes) – 48 points
- 6. C. Thome (Renault) – 38 points
- 7. D. Bereznay (Alfa Romeo) – 31 points
- 8. B. Huis (McLaren) – 31 points
- 9. T. Naukkarinen (Williams) – 30 points
- 10. S. Saltunc (Alfa Romeo) – 30 points
FORMULA 1 ESPORTS SERIES HEADING FOR ITS BIGGEST YEAR YET
Sports simulators tend to get overshadowed by first-person shooters and battle arena esports games. But all fans of esports betting should keep an eye on the rapid progress of the Formula 1 Esports Series.
This esports tournament only came on the scene in 2017, but it is already proving to be a real success. While Formula 1 teams like Ferrari were initially skeptical about the gaming competition, they have now helped add an extra level of legitimacy to the contest.
The prize fund for the 2019 Formula 1 Esports Series has been doubled from 2018 to a respectable $500,000. All of which points to a fascinating contest at the grand final on 4 December.
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