Premier Sim Gaming Leagues logo on backdrop of Alpine from F1 22.

PSGL Driver Lineup Features Opmeer, Kiefer and More

F1 22

One of the major leagues for the top F1 22 players is Premier Sim Gaming Leagues. Their season starts soon with several F1 Esports drivers competing!

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Last weekend, many of the top F1 Esports drivers picked up where they left off from the Pro Championship when they competed in the World Online Racing season opener. But given how drivers at the highest level tend to be, just one race isn’t enough. They’re always looking for more. That’s where the other major league racing community comes in; Premier Sim Gaming Leagues.

PSGL’s top tier on PC has run for four seasons. In that time, 2-time F1 Esports champion Jarno Opmeer went undefeated for the first three, before being deposed by the new F1 Esports champion Lucas Blakeley.

PSGL’s new top PC tier season begins this Wednesday 18 January, and like WOR they have many big name players from the F1 Esports Pro Championship.

Driver Line-Up

Former champion Jarno Opmeer is back and will be attempting to reclaim the title as part of Mercedes and Jake Benham will be pairing up with him. McLaren duo Bari Boroumand and Wilson Hughes are also taking part, and reigning champion Lucas Blakeley will not be attempting a PSGL title defence, leaving the door wide open for the Iranian to reverse the result from the end of last season.

Red Bull has Marcel Kiefer and Josh Idowu teaming up, with Idowu having really impressed in his first F1 Esports season in the Red Bull camp at sister team AlphaTauri. The seats at the sister team will be occupied by WOR title contender Rubén Pedreño and Xbox Challengers champion Tom Manley.

Then, at Ferrari, 2-time F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh will unfortunately not be competing but his former Pro Championship teammate and 2017 title rival Fabrizio Donoso will take to the track. He’s joined by PSGL PC Tier 2 champion Alfie Butcher, the pair teaming up once again like in WOR.

Top 2022 F1 Esports rookie Thomas Ronhaar and his teammate Matthijs van Erven will represent their team Haas, as will plenty of other drivers from other teams. Alpine will have two of their F1 Esports drivers Patrik Sipos and Luke Smith, as will Alfa Romeo with Dani Bereznay and Tomasz Poradzisz and Williams with Álvaro Carretón and Daniele Haddad.

Aston Martin will also have their driver John Evans competing, and he’s joined by Haas development driver Joost Noordijk who is the F1 Esports Challengers PlayStation champion. Evans’ two Pro Championship teammates Manuel Biancolilla and Simon Weigang are reserves and ready to step in if needed, as are other drivers from Williams, Alpine and Alfa Romeo in the form of Shanaka Clay, Filip Prešnajder and Nicolas Longuet.

How To Follow

PSGL’s first PC Tier 1 race gets underway at 8pm CET on Wednesday 18 January and the season runs until towards the end of April.  They will run full knockout qualifying and a 50% distance race. Catch all the action on the official PSGL YouTube channel. The season schedule is as follows:

Rd 1: Melbourne – 18 January 
Rd 2: Yas Marina – 25 January 
Rd 3: Circuit of the Americas – 1 February 
Rd 4: Jeddah – 8 February 
Rd 5: Interlagos – 15 February 
Rd 6: Barcelona – 22 February 
Rd 7: Marina Bay – 1 March 
Rd 8: Paul Ricard – 8 March 
Rd 9: Portimão – 15 March 
Rd 10: Red Bull Ring – 22 March 
Rd 11: Baku – 29 March 
Rd 12: Shanghai – 5 April 
Rd 13: Mexico City – 12 April 
Rd 14: Sakhir – 19 April

Will you be following PSGL this season? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

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