The Formula 1 Esports Pro Series 2020 is the official world championship in Codemasters' popular racing simulation F1 2020. The fourth iteration of the tournament comes with some drastic changes, attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. While the events will be held remotely, there will be a live broadcast from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London which is to cover all Pro Series events.
The prize pool holds $750,000 that go to the racer who accumulates the most points over twelve races at four events from October till December. Before the series starts, the ten Formula 1 Esports teams participating will announce their line-ups in the Pro Draft Reveal Show. Each team is required to sign at least one driver from a pool of 45 qualifiers who teams up with the other competitors of the team. Next to the player championship there will also be a team rating.
The teams are allowed to have previously signed drivers in their roster of three. Two drivers from each team compete per race.
The qualifying sessions begin at 4.30 PM CEST, the races start at 8.30 PM CEST.
|Bahrain International Circuit||October 14, 4.30 PM CEST|
|Hanoi Street Circuit, Vietnam||October 14, 4.30 PM CEST|
|Shanghai International Circuit, China||October 15, 4.30 PM CEST|
|Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands||November 4|
|Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada||November 4|
|Red Bull Ring, Austria||November 5|
|Silverstone Circuit, UK||November 18|
|Circuit of Spa-Franchorchamps, Belgium||November 18|
|Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy||November 19|
|Suzuka Circuit, Japan||December 16|
|Mexico City Circuit||December 16|
|Interlagos, Brazil||December 17|
You can watch the event live on F1's official Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels. For more info on how to watch visit the official F1 Esports website.
The Pro Series' format is very similar to that of the actual Formula 1: Players gain points over twelve competitions that are played in four events. Each features three races which consist of a practice session, a qualifying and a main race. Every round takes places on another F1 circuit.
The first day of each event holds two races, while the third race takes place on the day after. Each team sends two pilots to compete in each round, so we have a field of 20 drivers in every race.
The points system used is the same as in the actual Formula 1. Only the first ten finishers receive points. On top of that, the driver with the fastest lap gets a point extra.
|1st||25 points||6th||8 points|
|2nd||18 points||7th||6 points|
|3rd||15 points||8th||4 points|
|4th||12 points||9th||2 points|
|5th||10 points||10th||1 point|
|Fastest Lap||1 additional point|
- Alfa Romeo: Daniel Bereznay, Dominik Hofmann, Jarno Opmeer
- AlphaTauri: Joni Törmälä, Manuel Biancolilla, Patrik Holzmann
- FDA Hublot: David Tonizza, Enzo Bonito, Filip Presnajder
- Haas: Cedric Thomé, Floris Wijers, Simon Weigang
- McLaren: Dani Moreno, James Baldwin, Matthias Cologon
- Mercedes: Bardia Boroumand, Bono Huis, Brendon Leigh
- Racing Point: Daniele Haddad, Lucas Blakeley, Shanaka Clay
- Red Bull: Frede Rasmussen, Marcel Kiefer, Tino Naukkarinen
- Renault: Casper Jensen, Fabrizio Donoso Delgado, Nicolas Longuet
- Williams: Alvaro Carreton, Michael Romanidis, Salih Saltunç
With $750,000 on the line, the upcoming F1 Esports Pro Series boasts the largest F1 esports prize pool up until today. Compared to last year's pool, this is an increase of 50%. The organizers haven't announced how much is going to the players and teams respectively.