The 2017 F1® Esports Series starts with two online qualifying scenarios, where we’re not just looking for the perfect lap, but a demonstration of racing skill and overtaking prowess.
Qualification / online
4-26 September 2017
In the first scenario, which runs between September 4 and 12, you are challenged to take a Force India to the podium around the fastest of all the Formula 1 tracks – Monza.
In the second scenario, which runs between September 18 and 26, the ante is upped as only victory for Red Bull around the challenging Suzuka circuit will do.
In both cases, you are given five laps to complete the challenge and you’ll be racing against the computer-controlled AI cars. There’s no limit to the amount of times you can try nor the number of assists that you use to help you, but flashbacks are not allowed.
Finish highly enough in round 1 and you are straight through to the semi-final. But don't worry if you missed out (or missed round 1 entirely), you can still take part in round 2 and earn your place at London's semi-final.
Complete the challenge(s) in F1™ 2017 and remember to visit this site regularly to check your progress in the tournament leaderboard.
If you’ve shown the skills necessary to make it to the next level, you’ll receive an invitation to the live semi-final.
Semi-Final / London
10 October 2017
Taking place at the Gfinity Arena in London on October 10, the 40 qualifiers will now race head-to-head across four heats taking place at two more of F1’s most historic tracks – Silverstone and Interlagos.
As part of a live broadcast, there will be official practice and qualifying sessions ahead of each of the heats, but you’ll need to bring your A-game as only the top five drivers in each heat will make it to the final round.
Grand Final / Abu Dhabi
24-25 November 2017
Taking place on November 24 and 25 in the run-up to the Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Grand Prix, the Grand Final will determine who is the world’s best F1® gamer through a three-round championship.
Races in Montreal, Spa-Francorchamps and Abu Dhabi itself, form the basis for the final, with full practice and qualifying sessions preceding 25-minute races, which will be broadcast live.
The driver with the most points after three races will be crowned F1® Esports Champion and earn themselves of a place in Formula 1® history.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Register now.