F1 Esports 2021 Qualifying Second Round is Underway

There’s another chance for players to qualify for the 2021 F1 Esports Challenger Series this month, with the second of F1 2020’s official events. Just like October’s event, you’ll be recreating — and hopefully improving upon — some F1 history in your bid to get into the 2021 event.

The event has started already, but you’ll have the whole of November to post your score. All you need to do is head into the game, and navigate to the F1 Esports tab of the main menu. That’s where you’ll find the special qualifying event.

For this month, you’ll be looking to change the fortunes of Lando Norris in the 2019 United States Grand Prix. Norris ended that race in seventh place, just 0.4s behind the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo — his 2021 McLaren team-mate. To get onto the leaderboard you’ll need to repeat this race and at least match Norris’s finishing position.

As with the event in October, it’s not necessarily your finishing time that’s key here. You’ll gain points based on your pace, but also other criteria. The fewer assists you use, and the harder the AI you race against, the more points you’ll accumulate.

When the event closes at the end of the month, the highest ranked drivers on each platform — PS4, Xbox, and PC — will qualify for the Challenger Series. From there it’s a matter of being quick enough to qualify for the 2021 Pro Draft.

In addition to the potential to be on 2021’s grid, there’s prizes for all players who take part. Special in-game customization items — gloves, a helmet, a vehicle livery — await anyone who makes an attempt at the qualifying event.

The event is live now and runs through to the end of November. It won’t be your last chance to qualify for 2021 however, as Codemasters will also be running Weekly Events, with spots in a special, invitation-only Time Trial for Pro Draft qualification at stake.

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