Frede Rasmussen chalked up his first victory of the 2022 Formula 1 Esports championship on Friday night during round three of the campaign, held at Silverstone.
The Red Bull driver is the most successful in the championship, in terms of race wins, with him making it an 11th victory on Friday evening at the home of British motorsport.
He started the race from pole position and would convert that into victory, leading home the impressive Thomas Ronhaar who has taken to his debut campaign like a duck to water and Lucas Blakeley, who has become the early favourite for the title after winning the opening two rounds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Event 1 recapped
The F1 Esports championship plays out over 12 rounds and those are split into four events, which see three straight nights of action.
Indeed, the first event consisting of the opening three rounds has already given us an idea of who might be in contention for the championship and who has work to do, with the race for the title currently very much in Blakeley’s hands after a superb start to the campaign.
Though it’s early doors, and a lot can happen, Blakeley has built a very strong lead in the opening rounds with him winning at both Bahrain and Imola before consolidating with a podium on Friday night at Silverstone.
Pole and win on silverstone👍still alot of work to do to find more speed— Frederik Rasmussen (@G2Frede) September 16, 2022
Indeed, it’s about as good a start as he could have hoped for having made the switch from Aston Martin to McLaren Shadow for this year, though he knows that there are plenty of drivers in the pack capable of reeling him in.
Rasmussen is certainly one, with him a regular contender at the sharp end whilst the aforementioned Ronhaar looks a real threat as well with him showcasing some stunning pace over one lap in particular.
Reigning champion Jarno Opmeer should not be disregarded, either, despite a frustrating start by his incredibly high standards, and he’ll be looking to use the weeks in between now and event two to try and find some rhythm.
As things stand, though, it’s Blakeley and McLaren in the driving seat in the two championships, with the standings as thus:
F1 Esports’ second event will take in Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands with the action kicking off on Wednesday October 12.