It was only a matter of time before the first championship of formula 1 virtual launch.
In recent days in London, 20 pilots of Formula 1 Esport they qualified for the "Formula 1® Esports Series Finals", Which will take place at Abu Dhabi the 24 and 25 November, as a side event of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix formula 1 Journal.
The semifinals, which saw 40 pilots contend the 20 final slots in the 8 races on the tracks of Interlagos and Silverstone (two very different circuits among them, the first most technical with its ups and downs, the second temple of pure speed), has been a great public hit with really important numbers like the 3 over millions of views on Instagram, 1,8 millions up the official club's Twitter page reports and almost 2 millions of minutes seen on Facebook.
In the UK the event was aired on both Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports F2, with a peak of 282 thousands of users, a national record for an export event on a non-gendered TV channel.
Initial selections ranged from well over 63 thousands of players (with only 20 slots available), have been run nearly 1 million rounds and you can find on f1esports.com all the racing times collected.
The final, which will take place on a three-race event, will be the first champion of the event Formula 1 Esports Series, champion who will have the honor of being awarded the same weekend of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix. The winner will be automatically qualified for next year's finals and will have other bonuses like that of living the experience of a real Formula 1 race, having the opportunity to closely follow one of the 2018 Grand Prix and will also become a character of the video game F1 ™ 2018, finding its name alongside Hamilton, Hag and all the circus company of Formula 1.
The event was born from the collaboration of formula 1, Codemasters e Gfinity (leader in organizing events and export competitions).
The beginning of this event coincided with the launch of the official game F1 ™ 2017, released on PS4, Xbox One e PC The 25 August.
It should also be noted that among the semifinalists 40, the last one was chosen as a wildcard (and not by qualification) by the opinion of an independent body, in which the name of David Coulthard, former Formula 1 pilot.
This 2017 will be the first edition of an annual event that will begin to touch the ground for long-term TV commercialization and, considering the current annoyance of today's Formula 1, could also be successful.
It could be the future of a sport like the formula 1 which has unbelievable costs to sustain and which, year after year, becomes increasingly boring and predictable (and I say it with my heart in my hands, since I have always been a passionate), to the detriment of Moto GP which is increasingly spectacular and exciting.