BULLS CHARGE TO EXTEND LEAD

Red Bull Racing’s Esports Team continued its solid 2019 Formula 1 Esports campaign last night at London’s GFinity Arena by extending its lead at the top of the Constructors Championship

A haul of points and three podium finishes capped off a great night for the Team heading into next month’s Grand Finale on 4 December.

FREDERIK RASMUSSEN (Denmark):
Race 1: Finish Position:          P5 (10 points)
Race 2: Finish Position:          P2 (18 points)
Race 3: Finish Position:          P20
Driver Standings:                  P2 (120 points)

Coming into the event, Rasmussen was second in the Drivers’ Championship behind David Tonizza after back-to-back 2nd place finishes in Austria and Great Britain. 

Starting in P7 in the first race at Hockenheim, the Danish driver gained two places in as many laps before battling hard with Alfa Romeo’s Daniel Bereznay to try and climb the order once more. An early pit stop on lap five to try and undercut the order unfortunately didn’t pay off as Rasmussen finished P5.

For the second race of the night Rasmussen qualified on the front row in Spa, behind Bereznay in P2. After a tight tussle through the first few corners, the Danish driver took the lead of the race with an impressive move on the Alfa Romeo driver. Over the next six laps, both drivers exchanged the lead in what was a closely fought battle before the Bull was the first to pit. The undercut paid off as Rasmussen retook the lead after Bereznay’s pit stop, however it wasn’t meant to be as Rasmussen was pipped on the final lap to finish P2.

There was just 0.100 separating P1 to P5 (Rasmussen) in qualifying for the evening’s final race at Monza, but an early pit stop due to damage hindered the Danish driver’s race and he finished in P20.

“We scored more points than any other team and I maintained P2 in the Driver Standings so that’s good. I’m glad that my teammates could also deliver a lot of points today as it really boosts us in the Constructors’ Championship which is very positive.”

JONI TÖRMÄLÄ (Finland):
Race 1: Finish Position:           P2 (18 points)
Race 2: Finish Position:           P6 (8 points)
Driver Standings:                   P9 (43 points)

Törmälä had his best qualifying of the season in the first race of the evening, starting on the front row in P2. The Finn had the better of starts, and went into the first corner with the lead. After pitting on lap six, Törmälä had to bide his time and wait for the others to pit before retaking the lead seven laps later. Pole sitter Jarno Opmeer was on a charge from P3, getting past David Tonizza in the Ferrari to put himself behind Joni with four laps remaining. It was heartbreak though in the final few laps as Opmeer used DRS to get past the Finn and into the lead of the race. Despite the last-minute drama, Törmälä scored his best result of the season so far. 

The second race of the night saw Törmälä put on a show at Spa, storming through the field from P16 to claim an impressive P6 and 8 points.

“I qualified second for the first race at Hockenheim which was alright but I wasn’t too happy with it to be honest, because I wanted to get pole. Then in the race, I had a different strategy to the pole sitter which meant I got the lead and led most of the race, but in the end I couldn’t do anything against soft tyres the others were on and fell back to P2, but it’s good points for the Team. In this event, my driving was really good and I was probably the best prepared I’ve been so I’m really happy with my performance. I’m a bit disappointed with the results because it could’ve been more as always but we’re still leading the Team championship, so it’s good. We’re coming to my strongest tracks now so I think I can carry on this kind of form.”

NICOLAS LONGUET (France):
Race 3: Finish Position:           P2 (18 points)
Driver Standing:                    P14 (18 points)

In his first-ever F1 Esports series race, Longuet qualified an impressive P3 for the final race of the evening at Monza. After overcoming competition at the first corner, the French driver managed to hold off Tonizza behind him before storming into the lead on lap five. Three laps later and both Longuet and second placed Bereznay went into the pits, with the Bull emerging first. With just a few laps remaining, Longuet lost the lead, and despite battling hard it wasn’t to be. A brilliant debut drive for the team saw him take P2 and a haul of points. 

“I really enjoyed my first race. Starting in P3, we had a really good opportunity to score a podium and good points for the Team. Even with front wing damage, I managed to finish P2 but Bereznay did a really good job and deserved the win. I did a lot to practice for my debut today. I was ready, I just didn’t know how to cope with the pressure so to get P2 means a lot. I have mixed feelings but you can only be happy with P2 on your first race. I’ve learned so much from my teammates who have been giving me tips and I continue to get better every day. Now I just hope we win the Constructors’ Championship and then let’s see where we can go from there.”

The Bulls now get ready for next month’s F1 Esports Series Grand Finale at London’s Gfinity Arena on 4 December.

TEAM STANDINGS:

  1. Red Bull Racing Esports           181 points
  2. Ferrari Driver Academy           146 points
  3. Renault Vitality                      145 points