F1 driver Charles Leclerc will be the ambassador of the series which includes a very special prize.
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Ferrari is launching the first season of the “Ferrari Hublot Esports Series”. The winner of the competition held in Assetto Corsa will join the Ferrari Driver Academy Hublot Esports Team in 2021. The series will start in September, entries open on August 7.
F1 driver Charles Leclerc, who discovered esports racing during the coronavirus lockdown, will be the ambassador of the project. The Monegasque “will be following all the stages very closely and offering participants advice based on his experience as both a real and Esports driver.”
Pros and amatuers compete in two series
All European citizens of 18 years and older will be able to register for the competition on Ferrari’s esports website. The first stage will contain four weekly qualifiers. According to Ferrari, the 24 drivers will “battle in several competitions aboard the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo, which is being made available exclusively to participants.”
The six fastest drivers of each session will advance to the AM Series which kicks off in October. The grid will compete in four races to determine the twelve fastest drivers who will advance to the final.
Simultaneously to the AM Series, there will also be a PRO Series which will include 24 esports drivers invited by Ferrari. The PRO Series takes place on the same tracks as the AM Series. Another twelve drivers from the PRO grid will go forward to the final.
Winner earns a special prize
The esports series will conclude in three final races in November. The winner will be able to join the Ferrari Driver Academy Hublot Esports Team for the 2021 season. Ferrari started its venture into esports racing in 2019. Their driver David Tonizza was able to win the driver championship of the F1 Esports Series in his and the team’s maiden season.
Other members of the team are Enzo Bonito and Amos Laurito.