Mercedes wins Formula 1 eSport team title

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

“Mercedes just seems to be dominant this year,” said Formula 1 commercial director Sean Bratches who presented the team trophy to Mercedes’ head of eSports Christian Dixon. “Not only in the real world but the virtual one as well.”

British teenager Brendon Leigh has held on to his Formula 1 eSport title with a dominant performance in this year’s competition. The 19-year-old took victories in two of the final round’s four races which were held at London’s Gfinity Arena.

The 1-2 finish was enough for Mercedes to clinch the inaugural team title with a race to spare, mirroring the squad’s victory in the real-life Formula 1 world championship just a week before. The winning team took top prize of $50,000, with $40,000 going to second place and $34,000 for third from a total prize pot of $200,000.

Bereznay went on to win the season finale at Abu Dhabi, giving the simulated Silver Arrows eight victories out of ten races. They finished with 382 points, miles ahead of Toro Rosso in second with 210 points.

Sauber finished in third place with 119 points ahead of McLaren (101), Force India (99), Red Bull (81), Williams (69), Haas (27) and Renault (23). Ferrari is the only real-world Formula 1 team to opt out of fielding a team in this year’s eSports competition.

In the driver standings, Leigh amassed 216 points against 166 for Bereznay and 127 for Toro Rosso’s Frederik Rasmussen. Saltunc was fourth after picking up his maiden win on Friday. Rasmussen had sat out two races this weekend in the belief that his team mates were more suited to Friday’s tracks and therefore better placed to maximise the team’s chances. However once the titles were decided, he was back for the double-points season finale which proved to be one of the most eventful of the whole campaign.

Rasmussen had pole but was jumped by Leigh at the start, only for the Toro Rosso to get back ahead with five laps to go. He was furious with Leigh’s tactics, which left the Dane with front wing damage after the pair ran wheel-to-wheel through multiple corners.

 

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