WATCH: F1 Youtuber Absolutely Loses It at Dirty Driving During Virtual GP

Published 02/01/2021, 8:03 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Australian F1 gamer, Ben ‘Tiametmarduk’ Daly, took part in the first Virtual Grand Prix of the 2021 season. He raced for McLaren in the Austrian Virtual Grand Prix. 

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Tiametmarduk experienced a lot of dirty driving throughout the race.

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This ultimately cost him and McLaren a points finish in the first Virtual Grand Prix of the season. He and ‘teammate’ Jimmy Broadbent were unable to get McLaren’s first points of the season. 

Enzo Fittipaldi wins the first Virtual Grand Prix of the F1 eSports season

 

The Fittipaldi family name saw a renaissance with the Fittipaldi brothers getting great results for Haas in the Virtual Grand Prix. Enzo won the race whereas elder brother  Pietro brought the virtual car home in 5th. They are the grandsons of 2 time World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi.


He got this win after starting the race 9th in the grid, taking advantage of a chaotic start amongst the front runners. Enzo was given a tough race by Ferrari Driver Academy’s Arthur Leclerc, brother of Charles Leclerc

 

The virtual Ferrari of Leclerc ended up finishing 3rd. The series now heads to Silverstone, for the second Virtual Grand Prix of the season. 

 

F1 eSports set to improve on record-breaking 2020 season

 

F1 eSports are seeking to build on a 2020 season, which saw close to 11.4 million live streams across every digital platform. Hence, they have looked to make the 2021 season, bigger and better than ever. 

 

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They are starting the year off with the Virtual Grand Prix series, which saw F1 stars take part last season. They have made a few tweaks to the format.

 

The 10 teams will face off for a charity prize fund and will consist of present and past F1 drivers, celebrities, and professional F1 eSports gamers. 

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The format for this season sees the pro gamers taking part in a 5 lap Sprint Race, which determines grid position for the Feature Race. The Feature Race will have the celebrity duos face-off, completing a 50% race distance to determine the points.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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