F1 reveals dates for its Esports Series

F1 reveals dates for its Esports Series

$750,000 world championship features twelve iconic F1 circuits.

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The Formula 1 Esports Series by Aramco is taking shape: the exact dates for the virtual Formula 1 world championship have been announced and will take pros and fans to twelve iconic F1 circuits. The $750,000-series will run from October until December in four events, featuring ten renowned F1 Esports teams such as Renault Vitality, Williams Esports and Red Bull Racing Esports Team.

Each of the events will consist of three races. The race length will boast 35% of a full F1 competition as opposed to last year’s 25%. Among the circuits featured in the Pro Series are frequently played tracks like Silverstone, Spa and Interlagos. However, the 2020 edition also features the Dutch Zandvoort Circuit which last staged an F1 event in 1985 and the notorious Hanoi Street circuit.

Kick-off for the Pro Series will be October 14 with races at Bahrain International Circuit and Hanoi. The event concludes on December 10 with the event at the popular Interlagos track in Brazil. The event will be broadcasted live from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, although the players and teams will take part remotely due to pandemic safety regulations.

The full schedule

Bahrain International CircuitOctober 14
Hanoi Street Circuit, VietnamOctober 14
Shanghai International Circuit, ChinaOctober 15
Circuit Zandvoort, NetherlandsNovember 4
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, CanadaNovember 4
Red Bull Ring, AustriaNovember 5
Silverstone Circuit, UKNovember 18
Circuit of Spa-Franchorchamps, BelgiumNovember 18
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, ItalyNovember 19
Suzuka Circuit, JapanDecember 9
Mexico City CircuitDecember 9
Interlagos, BrazilDecember 10

Who’s going to compete?

The racers who are going to compete for the teams have not been revealed yet. However, the ten teams are going to present their three-person rosters on August 27 in the Pro Draft Reveal Show. Each team is required to draft at least one driver from a pool of 45 qualified competitors. The Pro Draft qualifiers proved their worth in the 2019 Challenger Series, Play-Offs, Time Trials. On top of that, released drivers from last year’s Pro Series and the two best racers from the F1 Esports Series China Championship.

The drafted players join the esports teams for the upcoming season and will compete with the best of the best. While the teams will surely be happy to have new players at their disposal, some are certainly going to nominate their experienced veterans as well. Ferrari Esports driver and Formula 1 2019 World Champion David Tonizza is very likely to take part in the competition and try and defend his title.

Creating a brand-new platform for esports racing comes from a necessity the community was lacking. Because esports racing has taken the whole world, it deserves a proper stage to shine. With fans all over the globe, OverTake is here to unite them all in one place – a bold move that we’re up to achieve together with the community.