Red Bull Racing’s Esports Team got its 2019 Formula 1 Esports campaign off to a winning start with Frederik Rasmussen claiming victory in the final race of the series’ first triple-header weekend at London’s GFinity Arena last night.
Starting from pole position at Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit, the Danish racer dominated from the start, steadily building a gap back to Williams’ Tino Naukkarinen. Following the win Rasmussen paid tribute to Red Bull teammate Joni Törmälä who contributed to a thrilling team victory.
FREDERIK RASMUSSEN (Denmark):
Race 1: Finish Position: P12
Race 2: Finish Position: P2 (18 points)
Race 3: Finish Position: P1 (25 points)
Driver Standing: P2 (43 points)
“I was pushing so hard in the first lap to not get overtaken, but when we pitted both Tino and I ended up in a lot of traffic,” said Rasmussen. “Fortunately Joni was right in front of me and he let me go and then held Tino up a bit. That allowed me to pull away and get the win. It’s a great result for the whole team and hopefully there will be more to come.”
Rasmussen’s impressive display was boosted by a podium finish in the evening’s second race at China’s Shanghai International Circuit. Starting from seventh place on the grid, the Red Bull driver charged through the order in the early stages of the race to clinch second behind race winner David Tonizza of Ferrari.
Neither Rasmussen nor teammate Törmälä made it into the points in the opening race, which was again won by Tonizza. Starting from pole position Rasmussen was hit by the spinning Alfa Romeo of Dani Bereznay in the early stages. Front wing damage forced Rasmussen back to the pits for repairs and he ended up finishing 12th, a place ahead of Törmälä who had battled hard to rise from 18th place on the grid.
Törmälä endured a challenging opening event, hampered by technical issues with his racing rig throughout. However, despite scoring a single point from the opening three races – thanks to 10th place in China – the Finn is confident that the next round should bring better results.
JONI TÖRMÄLÄ (Finland):
Race 1: Finish Position: P13
Race 2: Finish Position: P10 (1 point)
Race 3: Finish Position: P16
Driver Standing: P16 (1 point)
“It wasn’t the best event for me, scoring only one point in the end and having a few issues during the day,” he said. “But on the positive side, Fredrik got one win and a second place, so it shows that we are working really well and our pace is good. If I can survive the kind of technical issues we had with the rig here then I’m sure I’ll be right up there. I know I have the pace. As long as everything works at the next event then I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t be up there as well.”
Following the first event, Red Bull Racing Esports lies second in the Teams’ Championship with 44 points, 21 behind the Ferrari Driver Academy team and five ahead of the third-placed SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports team.
In the Drivers’ standings, Rasmussen also sits in second place with 43 points, behind Ferrari’s David Tonizza who leads the way on 65 points after winning the opening two rounds and finishing third in the final race. With one point to his name, Törmälä currently lies in 16th position.
The Team now moves on to the second live F1 Esports Series event, which again takes place in London on Wednesday 2 October.
- Ferrari Driver Academy 65 points
- Red Bull Racing Esports 44 points
- SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports 39 points