The F1 Esports Series Pro Championship grid is now set, with the drivers and calendar revealed for the championship held using the F1 2021 game. The Pro Championship is the leading F1 gaming championship and features a mix of professional esports and up-and-coming driving talent.
Many familiar names return for another season, while some new talent has advanced through the qualifications, time trials and supplementary F1 Challenges series. A total of 10 new drivers were scouted through May’s Pro Exhibition event.
Each team will be trying to grab their piece of the $750,000 purse over the course of the 12-race season as the Algarve International Circuit and Imola join the schedule for the first time in the series’ five-year history.
The first event starts on the 13th of October in Bahrain where Jarno Opmeer will look to start his defence of the title from 2020, this time with a new team. Red Bull Racing Esports will look to do the same with the Teams’ championship, fielding a largely unchanged squad. Meanwhile, 2019 champion David Tonizza lines up alongside 2017 and 2018 champion Brendon Leigh at Ferrari.
This year’s event will again be run remotely, with all participants using the same control equipment provided by F1 Esports. There’ll be 12 races in total spread across four, two-day events and the schedule is as follows:
- Race 1 – October 13 – Sakhir Circuit, Bahrain
- Race 2 – October 14 – Shanghai International Circuit, China
- Race 3 – October 14 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
- Race 4 – October 27 – Silverstone, United Kingdom
- Race 5 – October 28 – Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy
- Race 6 – October 28 – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Race 7 – November 24 – Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal
- Race 8 – November 25 – Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands
- Race 9 – November 25 – Circuit of the Americas, USA
- Race 10 – December 15 – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy
- Race 11 – December 16 – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico
- Race 12 – December 16 – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Brazil
All 12 rounds, and the qualifier events, will be broadcast across F1’s social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.