Last night a draft for the final phase of Formula One’s official virtual racing series took place. Nine teams had the opportunity to pick their drivers and amongst them were two-time Virtual GP champion Michal Šmídl (Predator) and last year’s champion Martin Štefanko (Republic of Gamers).
66,000 entrants from over 100 territories took part in the four qualifying rounds, before the 40 semi-finalists were selected to go to the Pro Draft event at the Gfinity arena in London. After a series of tests, assessments and interviews during the build up to the British Grand Prix, the teams selected their drivers to compete in the second F1 Esports Series finals.
Virtual GP duo Štefanko (3rd pick overall) and Šmídl (14th pick overall) were both picked by Haas F1 Team.
Štefanko, who will celebrate his 20th birthday later this year, has 30 starts in Virtual GP with 14 podiums, five wins and four fastest laps. “I feel very relieved I have to say, because the assessments didn’t really go my way, but I guess the Haas F1 Team knows my potential and knows what I can do so I’m really happy,” he said, “to be a part of a real Formula One team and to represent them is a huge honour and a dream come true.
I believe it’s a huge step forward in my career and in my life as well. Together with Michal, we will try to achieve the best possible results and I hope in s great and professional cooperation with Haas F1 Team. Of course I would like to say thank you to my parents, friends and family for all their support.”
Twenty-three-year old, Šmídl, has been racing in Virtual GP since the beginning and has collected 40 starts alongside 39 podiums, 28 wins and 8 fastest laps. “Obviously it’s amazing to join a real F1 team. This is why I’ve been doing sim racing and worked hard over the past ten years,” he said, “It’s a huge step forward for me and a great satisfaction for my parents. I’m really glad that Haas F1 Team has picked me as its main driver. I believe that we can do great things in the upcoming Pro Series.
I’d like to say thank you to my dad, mum and my whole family for the great support during my sim racing career. Also, to my friends, colleagues from work and closest people around me.”
The F1 Esports Pro Draft event took two hours and was streamed live on F1’s official Facebook page. It was also broadcasted live by several worldwide TV stations, including Sky Sports F1 (UK).
The F1 Esports finals resume in Autumn, where the finalists will compete for the title in three live events. There is also a $200,000 prize fund to be allocated to the teams based on their positions in the team standings.
The official replay of F1 Esports Pro Draft (English)
Nine pro F1 Esports teams looking for talent 🤩The 40 quickest drivers in the world 🎮Who will they choose? 🤔
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