Ten Drivers Selected by Official F1 Esports Teams at 2019 Pro Draft
July 17, 2019
The journey is finally complete – we have our Pro Draft selections!
Formula 1 ® , the pinnacle of motorsport, has revealed the names of the 10 talented racers selected at this evening’s Pro Draft. They will now sign a contract to become official F1 Esports drivers and race professionally for a team in the next stage of the 2019 Formula 1 New Balance Esports Series – the Pro Series.
For the first time ever, ten teams are involved in the series. Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports, Ferrari Driver Academy, Haas F1 Team Esports, McLaren Shadow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, Red Bull Racing Esports, Renault Sport Team Vitality, Scuderia Toro Rosso Esports, SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team and Williams Esports have now all selected at least one driver
from the Pro Draft pool to join their racing line-up for the Pro Series.
Following an evening of dramatic, adrenaline-fuelled racing, the ten drivers fought off stiff competition to secure their place on a team. A significant achievement given the record breaking 109,000 participants from across the globe that competed in this year’s qualification stages.
On Tuesday, the 41 gamers that had qualified for the F1 Esports Series Pro Draft participated in a series of nail-biting race-offs to identify the most skilled and talented. Through this process the 11 slowest drivers were eliminated and the fastest progressed through to this evening’s live event for the chance to compete for one of the coveted seats on an official F1 Team. The live event was streamed online on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch, and broadcast live on global television by marquee broadcast partners.
The picks are…
FERRARI DRIVER ACADEMY – DAVID TONIZZA
RENAULT VITALY ESPORTS – SIMON WEIGANG
HAAS F1 ESPORTS – FLORIS WIJERS
WILLIAMS ESPORTS – ISAAC PRICE
RED BULL RACING ESPORTS – NICOLAS LONGUET
SPORTPESA RACING POINT ESPORTS TEAM – LUCAS BLAKELEY
MCLAREN SHADOW – ALLERT VAN DER WAL
ALFA ROMEO RACING ESPORTS TEAM – KIMMY LARSSON
TORO ROSSO ESPORTS – MANUEL BIANCOLILLA
MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS ESPORTS – DANIEL SHIELDS
The successful drivers will now join their official teams to prepare for the 2019 Formula 1 New Balance Esports Pro Series, which will comprise of twelve races contested over four live events. These will take place on 11 September, 2 October and 6 November and culminate at the Grand Finale on 4 December.
The Pro Series will see drivers compete for a share of an incredible $500,000 prize fund – more than double that of last year’s – on F1 2019, the newly launched official F1 videogame by Codemasters. These races will determine the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions.
Due to the significant increase in interest of the F1 New Balance Esports Series, for those who missed out this year, qualifying rounds for the 2020 Series will launch early for the very first time, officially opening on 22 July 2019 and running until the end of the calendar year. Anyone with a copy of F1 2019, the official F1 videogame developed by Codemasters can take part. The qualifications are open globally and there will be five different qualifying rounds between July and November.
We hope to see you there!