Wins and Podiums for our Esports racers in Bahrain
The Sauber Esports team was out in force during the weekend, with its traditional drivers joined by a pair of guest superstars to claim a win and three further podium finishes in some of the most high-profile events of the esports scene.
The inaugural Formula One Virtual Grand Prix, under the lights of the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, saw F1 race winner Johnny Herbert come back to the team for which he raced between 1996 and 1998; the popular Brit raced alongside Youtuber Aamir “Cyanide” Thacker – at his debut in an event of this kind. Our drivers produced a great show for the peaks of nearly 400,000 viewers tuning in to the race but, despite some flashes of brilliance and Herbert leading the race in the opening stages thanks to an optimistic interpretation of corner-cutting rules, the end result was a P13 for the two-time F1 race winner, with Cyanide retiring after an on-track collision.
Earlier in the evening, however, the Sauber Esports team had claimed some honours through its regular pairing of Dani Bereznay and James Baldwin. In Veloce’s “Not the BAH GP” event, an event that brought in nearly 2,500,000 views so far, the Hungarian star set the fastest qualifying time to record a front-row lockdown for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, storming on to win the first race of the evening with Baldwin, who the day before had finished eighth in the All-Star Esports Battle, joining him on the podium in P3.
Race Two, with its inverted grid, was always going to be an uphill battle for our team’s pairing, starting at the back. However, an impressive comeback saw Baldwin finishing in P2, followed home by Bereznay, who was slowed down by contact with a rival.
“I was performing an awesome comeback, I really enjoyed it,” said the Hungarian. “I was the virtual leader of the race after a great strategy call and pace – Ben [Daly] was the next one to overtake. He did not really defend at all, I put my car to the inside but I was not given a full car-width, the door was closed and I half-spun and lost seven seconds. It’s frustrating because I finished third, only four seconds behind the leader so mathematically it could have been a win from last – which would have been a dream come true. But these things happen in racing, I had such an awesome night again and will try my best to do that in the next one!”
Fighting talk from Daniel – but he’s been matching his words with deeds so far!