Gasly: Formula 1 Esports almost more exciting than real life

Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says F1 Esports is "almost as exciting" as the real-life on-track F1 championship, and he wants to get more involved in Esports

Gasly: Formula 1 Esports almost more exciting than real life

The first round of F1 Esports comprised of three races, the first two of which were won by David Tonizza for series debutants Ferrari, while Red Bull's Frederik Rasmussen triumphed in the third and final race of the event.

After attending the Pro Series opener, Gasly said he was "super impressed" by how "clean" the drivers race as the F1's third Esports season kicked off.

"I've been here already last year," Gasly told Autosport.

"I'm always super impressed with the level of the guys, because of the way they race, the way they drive is just so clean.

"I was checking the lines the guys were taking, it's unbelievable.

"That's pure racing, millimetres from the walls every corner [at Baku].

"What I liked was how they prepared the overtake- the way they manage the batteries and energies.

"It's all planned, you can see when the guy is setting himself up for the move.

"The racing is almost more exciting than ours. It's really good fun to watch."

Gasly attended last year's Pro Draft where he welcomed Patrick Holzmann and Cem Bolukbasi to the Toro Rosso Esports team.

He says that he is "a gamer myself" and that he would "like to get more involved in this world".

"It [esports] is something that will grow massively," said Gasly.

"It's already pretty big. I'm quite a gamer myself, F1 games, but also others, Call of Duty, FIFA etc.

"I follow esports a lot. It's a massive business, it's just going to keep growing even more.

"There are so many people into it, that's why I think the [F1 Esports] level is better than last year, the level next year will be even higher.

"It's quite exciting and interesting to watch at the moment, I would like to get even more involved in this world."

The second round of the 2019 F1 Esports series will take place on October 2.

Gasly has contested two races for Toro Rosso on returning to the team he raced for in F1 in 2017 and '18.

He drove for Red Bull in the first 12 grand prix this year before being swapped with Toro Rosso F1 debutant Alex Albon.

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