Explained: The F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series 2018
October 2, 2018
The wait is almost over and the excitement is reaching fever pitch. On 10 October, the F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series 2018 will get under way at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, with, for the first time ever, official F1 Esports teams at the centre of it.
In the eleven months since the inaugural F1 Esports Series champion was crowned in Abu Dhabi in November 2017, work has been going on behind the scenes to develop and enhance the format. So what has changed? And how does the Pro Series Championship work?
THE STORY SO FAR
Between 13 April and 6 June, more than 66,000 gamers took part in the initial qualifying phase, registering an astonishing 1.1 million laps on F1 2017, the official game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, using the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC to post their qualifying times.
The prize for the fastest 40 drivers was a place at the inaugural F1 Esports Series Pro Draft in July. After going through a series of assessments at Silverstone during the week of the British Grand Prix, they headed to London, where 16 of them were chosen to represent the nine official F1 Esports teams.
The drafted drivers will be joined by nine other elite level sim racers, including F1 Esports Series 2017 Champion Brendon Leigh, rounding off the 25-man group poised to compete in the ground-breaking Pro Series this autumn, which will decide the team and driver championships for 2018. Up to speed?
F1 NEW BALANCE ESPORTS PRO SERIES 2018 – HOW IT WORKS
• Nine official F1 Esports teams competing over three live events at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London
• Prize pool of $200,000 and the driver and team championships on the line
• Drivers will compete for points in ten races across the three live events
• They will race each other on custom-built F1 Esports Racing Stations using F1 2018 – the latest release of the official F1 video game, published by Codemasters
• Racing on a total of ten virtual F1 circuits – all taken from the 2018 F1 race calendar
• DATES: 10 October, 31 October and 17 November
• All Pro Series events will be streamed live on Facebook and broadcast globally on selected TV networks
MORE LINKS FOR FANS
The Official F1 Pro Series Rule Book
Watch the official F1 Esports documentary series – The Story Of The Pro Draft
Check out Codemasters for more about F1 2018 – the official F1 video game