The 2022 F1 Esports Series is back for another year, with the first three rounds of the championship getting underway this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Twelve rounds will be split into four events over the coming months, with three rounds in each, as we build towards the grand finale at the end of the year.
Here are all the key details about this season’s championship…
What is the schedule and where can I watch the F1 Esports championship?
(Information via F1’s press release)
“This year, drivers will compete in four Events that will each feature three days of racing action, with qualifying and the race of each Round taking place on its own day. Both qualifying and the race for Round 1 at the Sakhir International Circuit, will take place on Wednesday 14th September, before Round 2 (Imola) and Round 3 (Silverstone) will take place on the Thursday and Friday respectively. Each qualifying session will be live from 15:30 BST on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Huya, with the race broadcast live from 19:30 BST on the same platforms, plus Facebook. All the race streams will also be broadcast with select TV broadcasters too, including Sky Sports F1, Viaplay and ESPN. Production will again come live from the Gfinity Arena in London, but drivers will continue to race from team Esports facilities or factories, or their own homes, and will compete on the official F1® 22 video game, developed by EA and Codemasters.”
Who is driving for who in this year’s F1 Esports championship?
(Information via F1’s press release)
“Since last year’s Championship, there have been several high-profile moves across the grid, including Lucas Blakeley, who was third in last year’s competition, moving from Aston Martin to McLaren Shadow, Manuel Biancolilla’s return after a year out to join Aston Martin, and Filip Prešnajder’s move from Alfa Romeo to Alpine. Reigning back-to-back champion Jarno Opmeer remains at Mercedes, whilst Brendon Leigh stays at Ferrari alongside team-mate Davide Tonizza. Red Bull have retained all their drivers, including the formidable pairing of Marcel Kiefer and Frede Rasmussen.
“This new season brings plenty of new talent to the grid as Alpine sign Briton Luke Smith who finished second in the 2022 Pro Exhibition, while Aston Martin bring in Pro-Exhibition semi-finalist Josh Evans, and Haas sign the 2022 Pro Exhibition champion, Thomas Ronhaar.
“There are a total of nine driver moves across the grid, and seven new drivers on this year’s driver line-up who have all been scouted through the 2022 Pro Exhibition after qualifying via one of F1® Esports Series’ qualification routes, including the DHL Time Trial.”
Alfa Romeo ORLEN F1: Nicolas Longuet, Tomasz Poradzisz, Dani Bereznay
Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports Team: Joni Törmälä, Sebastian Job, Josh Idowu
Alpine Esports Team: Luke Smith, Filip Prešnajder, Patrik Sipos
Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Esports Team: John Evans, Manuel Biancolilla, Simon Weigang
Scuderia Ferrari Velas Esports Team: David Tonizza, Brendon Leigh, Fabrizio Donoso
Haas F1 Team Esports: Thomas Ronhaar, Piotr Stachulec, Matthjs van Erven
McLaren Shadow: Wilson Hughes, Bardia Boroumand, Lucas Blakeley
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team: Jarno Opmeer, Dani Moreno, Jake Benham
Red Bull Racing Esports: Marcel Kiefer, Frederik Rasmussen, Liam Parnell
Williams Esports: Álvaro Carretón, Shanaka Clay, Daniele Haddad
The Formula 1 2022 Esports calendar:
Event 1 14-16 September
Round 1 Sakhir, Bahrain
Round 2 Imola, Italy
Round 3 Silverstone, Great Britain
Event 2 12-14 October
Round 4 Red Bull Ring, Austria
Round 5 Spa, Belgium
Round 6 Zandvoort, Netherlands
Event 3 2-4 November
Round 7 Monza, Italy
Round 8 Mexico City, Mexico
Round 9 Austin, USA
Event 4 14-16 December
Round 10 Suzuka, Japan
Round 11 Interlagos, Brazil
Round 12 Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi