Formula 1 reveals 30 finalists for 2019 Esports Series

Formula 1 has revealed the drivers competing for each of the 10 teams ahead of the 2019 Esports Series

Formula 1 reveals 30 finalists for 2019 Esports Series

The selection follows July's Pro Draft in which the teams - including Ferrari for the first time - selected their first candidates for the Esports Series.

Leading names including two-time champion Brendon Leigh (Mercedes) and eROC champion Enzo Bonito (McLaren Shadow) are part of the 30-driver finalists.

Notable omissions include 2017 runner-up Fab Donoso Delgado and Le Mans Esports champion James Baldwin, who remains Alfa Romeo's reserve driver but does not make its three-man team for the Esports Series.

Julian Tan, head of growth & Esports at Formula 1 said: "We are looking forward to kicking off the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series now that the drivers for the 10 official F1 teams have been set.

"Brendon Leigh will be focused on making it a hat-trick of titles but he will need to fend off the challenge of some incredible racing talents like Frederik Rasmussen, Daniel Bereznay, Enzo Bonito and Floris Wijers to name just a few who will be hungry for the crown and look to bring the team championship trophy home for their respective F1 teams.

"With a $500,000 (£415,875) prize fund at stake, it is all to play for. We can't wait to see how the virtual championship plays out over the next four live shows and which of the 10 official F1 teams will emerge victorious."

The first race event of the third season will take place on September 11, while qualification for the 2020 season will open on July 22.

All four live events will be streamed online on Facebook, YouTube, and gaming streaming service Twitch.

Formula 1 Esports finalists

Daniel Bereznay Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports
Kimmy Larsson Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports
Salih Saltunc Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Esports
David Tonizza Ferrari Driver Academy
Amos Laurito Ferrari Driver Academy
Gianfranco Giglioli Ferrari Driver Academy
Floris Wijers Haas F1 Team Esports
Jan Fehler Haas F1 Team Esports
Martin Stefanko Haas F1 Team Esports
Enzo Bonito McLaren Shadow
Bono Huis McLaren Shadow
Allert van der Wal McLaren Shadow
Brendon Leigh Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports
Patryk Krutyj Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports
Daniel Shields Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports
Daniele Haddad SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team
Marcel Kiefer SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team
Lucas Blakely SportPesa Racing Point F1 Esports Team
Frederik Rasmussen Red Bull Racing Esports
Joni Tormala Red Bull Racing Esports
Nicolas Longuet Red Bull Racing Esports
Jarno Opmeer Renault Sport Team Vitality
Cedric Thome Renault Sport Team Vitality
Simon Weigang Renault Sport Team Vitality
Patrik Holzmann Scuderia Toro Rosso Esports
Cem Bolukbasi Scuderia Toro Rosso Esports
Manuel Biancolilla Scuderia Toro Rosso Esports
Alvaro Carreton Williams Esports
Tino Naukkarinen Williams Esports
Isaac Price Williams Esports

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