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Racing Point - 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series Round Four Report
Posted by: ASkyler on Dec 19, 2020 - 08:02 AM
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Racing Point - 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series Round Four Report

In Numbers
Lucas Blakeley
Race Ten: Japan
Grid P18
Result P13
Change +5 Positions
Race Eleven: Mexico
Grid P18
Result P12
Change +6 Positions
Race Twelve: Brazil
Grid P18
Result P15
Change +3 Positions
Daniele Haddad
Race Ten: Japan

rid P03
Result P03
Change N/A
Race Eleven: Mexico
Grid P07
Result P15
Change -8 Positions
Race Twelve: Brazil
Grid P20
Result P16
Change +4 Positions
BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team
Points 33
Championship P10
Change N/A
Lucas Blakeley
Points 15
Championship P15
Change -1 Position
Daniele Haddad
Points 18
Championship P14
Change +5 Positions
Shanaka Clay
Points 00
Championship P25
Change N/A
Round Recap
The BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team demonstrated its focus on improving qualifying form had paid off with an incredible first podium of the 2020 season for Daniele Haddad.

Daniele made it through to Q3 at Suzuka, while Lucas was unlucky to go out in Q1 in P18, and Danieleís superb lap in Q3 earned P3 on the grid.

Daniele made a strong start when the lights went out to hold onto P3 and he had the pace to match the leading duo, but he wisely opted to hold position and build a buffer to score the teamís best result of the campaign.

There was sharp work on the pitwall too with a perfectly timed pitstop on Lap 7 of 19 proving crucial in holding off rivals attempting overcuts and undercuts.

Further back, Lucas continued to demonstrate his strong race pace in 2020, climbing five places to finish in P13 and within reaching distance of the points as he and the team made the alternate strategy of Medium to Softs work.

Mexico continued the trend of improved qualifying form for Daniele who made it to P7 on the grid, while Lucas lined up in P19.

A strong start for the Italian went unrewarded after the leading pack tangled and spun, forcing Daniele off the track before a rival turned in on him as he re-joined the track.

A resulting damaged front wing left Daniele playing damage limitation and he put in a superb spell of defensive driving by leading a DRS train after an early pitstop on Lap 9 of 25.

But tyre wear told in the late stages, dropping him to P15 Ė while Lucas ran in points contention until a spin in the stadium section left him P19.

He would charge back up to P12 with seven superb overtakes, falling narrowly short of points.

The season-ending race in Brazil proved a challenging affair with Lucas qualifying in P18 ahead of Daniele in P20.

While Lucas made up an incredible six places in the first three laps, he was only able to take P15 at the flag, while Daniele was P16 after a long-running first stint on the Mediums that couldnít help him gain places through strategy.
In Words
Lucas Blakeley
ďFirst of all, I want to say congratulations to Dani for the podium, it was a great drive. For me, Event Four was a tough way to end the season and qualifying was particularly difficult for me. It was fine margins as it has been throughout the Event. I donít think I performed as well as I could in Japan and Mexico, I just made too many mistakes in qualifying and it put me on the backfoot, despite being able to make progress through the field. We just couldnít quite get consistent performance out of the car. I gave it everything in the race in Brazil and there wasnít much more I could do than P12. We just couldnít quite keep the car and tyre performance up at the final stage, which is why we dropped to P15. Itís not been the season I wanted. Iíve had some good moments and some bad moments and now Iíll go away and review them and make sure I learn and improve. Iím determined to come back stronger.Ē
Daniele Haddad
ďIím delighted to have got a podium at Suzuka, we all did an excellent job. We started in P3 and we were able to keep close to the cars ahead. I stayed in touch throughout but I looked at the bigger picture and decided not to take risks because itís really important to score a good amount of points in the Constructorsí Championship and demonstrate how much weíve improved since Event Three. We were able to improve our Qualifying form and P7 in Mexico was a good result and further proof of that. Sadly, after making a good start, there was a collision in front of me at Turn 1 and to avoid it I went off track and when I re-joined someone turned into me and broke my front wing. It was gutting because I think we had a good chance of getting a top five result. It was then a tough way to end the season in Brazil, Iím disappointed with the result. We worked hard to make progress through the field, but we just didnít get it together to fight for the points. Regardless of the ups and downs, I want to thank everyone in the team for their work this season. Itís been challenging, but weíve given it everything and supported each other every step of the way. Iím very grateful.Ē
Shanaka Clay
ďIím very grateful to the team for giving me the opportunity to make my debut in the F1 Esports Pro Series this year. It hasnít been the campaign me or the team would have wanted, but itís been an honour. On my side, I think itís clear that there are improvements to be made in qualifying because itís proven to be crucial to a good result in the races. While it hasnít always been easy, itís given me huge motivation to come back stronger and to work hard on improving in every area.Ē

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