F1 Esports reveals drivers selected to compete in Pro Series

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Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, has revealed the names of the online racers who have secured places to race professionally in the next stage of the F1 Esports Series 2018, the Pro Series Championship. In what is a unique opportunity for F1 and gaming fans, the drivers were selected by representatives from the nine F1 teams participating on Monday July 9th in London at the inaugural Pro Draft at the Gfinity Arena. Amongst them Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, as well as F1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey and Managing Director of Commercial Operations, Sean Bratches were also in attendance to watch the drama unfold.



With a seriously talented roster of drivers to choose from, two teams, Renault Sport Team Vitality and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 eSports Team, selected all their drivers from the draft. Representatives from Haas F1 Esports Team, Red Bull Racing esports Team, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team, Williams Esports, McLaren Shadow and Toro Rosso Esports Team were also impressed by the ability of the qualifiers, selecting at least one of the top-performing drivers to join their teams following a series of rigorous assessments and interviews at the Pro Draft.


Pending confirmation of final contracts, the drivers selected for each team are:


Name Country Team
Tino NaukkarinenFinlandWilliams Esports
Fabrizio Donoso DelgadoChileHype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team
Martin StefankoCzech RepublicHaas F1 Esports Team
Daniel BereznayHungaryMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
Sven ZurnerGermanyRenault Sport Team Vitality
Salih SaltuncUnited KingdomAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 eSports Team
Cem BolukbasiTurkeyToro Rosso Esports Team
Olli PahkalaFinlandMcLaren Shadow
Joni TormalaFinlandRed Bull Racing esports Team
Graham CarrollUnited KingdomRed Bull Racing esports Team
Patrick HolzmannGermanyToro Rosso Esports Team
Allert van der WalNetherlandsAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 eSports Team
Kimmy LarssonSwedenRenault Sport Team Vitality
Michal SmidlCzech RepublicHaas F1 Esports Team
James DohertyUnited KingdomRenault Sport Team Vitality
Sonuc SaltuncUnited KingdomAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 eSports Team


Ahead of Monday’s live event, the initial 40 Pro Draft Qualifiers were put through their paces during a three-day assessment at Silverstone, with a series of challenges and interviews testing everything from fitness and stamina to reaction times and real-world driving. With impressive scores across the board, the F1 teams then selected a total of 16 drivers from nine countries to move forward with them to the Pro Series Championship. The two-hour event reached over 850,000 people around the world via live streaming.

We are looking forward to seeing them back in action in the Pro Series!