F1 Esports 2017 Finalist to Formula 3 2020 Contender

February 11, 2020 4:57 pm

A former F1 Esports title contender is going be on the F3 grid this 2020 season. For the first time, in motorsport history, Igor Fraga, an Esports competitor will feature on track in a Formula 1 feeder championship. Additionally, he will be the first esports player to feature on an F1 race weekend this season. Charouz Racing System signed Igor Fraga signed for the 2020 FIA F3 championship.

Charouz Racing System is a leading race team from the Czech Republic. And currently competes in the FIA F3, FIA F2, ADAC F4, and Italian F4 championship.

Fraga will race alongside David Schumacher. Son of former Willians F1 driver Ralf Schumacher. And double F3 podium finisher Niko Kari.

What is Esports series?

A professional esports competition promoted by Formula 1. The series was created in 2017 to convert the official Formula 1 video game’s growing community into mainstream fans. And provide a new avenue for greater engagement with the sport of Formula 1.

In 2019, David Tonizza of Ferrari Driver Academy won the driver’s title. And Red Bull Racing Esports took the Constructors’ Trophy. Additionally, prize money of $500,000 was at the offer.

Igor Fraga’s journey to the gateway of F1

Igor Fraga hails from Brazil and was a former NACAM F4 racer. He competed in the inaugural F1 Esports Series final in 2017. Additionally, he won the FIA Gran Turismo Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series championships in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

He’s shown his skills in the Formula Regional European Championship. And even finishing ahead of his F3 teammate David Schumacher in 2019.  He is currently in the running for the 2020 Toyota Racing Series to gain a few FIA Super Licence points.

He recently talked about his signing “I’m really looking forward to joining the Formula 3 field with Charouz,” he said.

“It’s a competitive series and a very professional environment. And running at the same events as F1 is kind of crazy to think about”

“I just can’t wait to start my season. This year is about the process of learning. Of course, the goal is always to win a race, but I am not underestimating the challenge ahead. I will give my best and push to achieve my goals.”

The 21-year-old will test F3 machinery in early March. And will make his next step onto the Road to F1 on the weekend of March 20. When the FIA Formula 3 Championship kicks off in Bahrain with 30 future F1 stars under the lights.

Mrinal Kuniyal

Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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