We’re barely a month away from the start of the 2021 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship, and tonight we’ll get to find out which drivers will be racing in the prestigious series.
Over the past four months, the official esports teams of all ten Formula 1 World Championship manufacturers have been making their driver choices. Each team can field a maximum of two contracted drivers, but they must also choose at least one from the Pro Exhibition event back in May.
Of course some drivers are already confirmed, thanks to the virtual equivalent of the real F1 “silly season”. We’ve already seen big names moving teams, such as 2017 and 2018 champion Brendon Leigh switching allegiances from Mercedes to Ferrari, joining 2019 champion David Tonizza in a very strong squad.
That’s not left Mercedes floundering though, as the team has signed 2020 champion Jarno Opmeer to partner veteran driver Bono Huis. Opmeer is still in fine form in 2021, currently leading the PSGL F1 championship which features many of the F1 Esports Series Pro grid.
Some teams have already announced their full line-ups too, with McLaren Shadow already unveiling Dani Bereznay, Bari Broumand, and Pro Exhibition qualifier Josh Idowu as its three-man squad for this season.
As well as revealing the full 30-driver group of “Pro Rank” drivers, the Preview Show should also lets us know a full schedule for the races taking place from October through December, as well as the prize fund on offer. In 2020 that was a cool $750,000, so there’s plenty at stake.
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