F1 Esports 2021 Final: Opmeer, Blakeley, & Rasmussen - Who will be crowned champion?

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If you thought two drivers going toe-to-toe for a championship was thrilling, what about three?

While the real-world sport zooms toward a fiery conclusion to the 2021 season between Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen, The F1 Esports Series Pro Championship is poised to be even more hotly contested.

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With three races left there are three drivers within just 8 points of each other. The title will be decided by the end of the fourth and final F1 Esports event. But who will come out on top?

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A three way fight

There are a trio of amazing competitors at the top of the standings. All are race winners and pole sitters this season, but which will win? Let's take a look at them each.

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The reigning champion

There is little surprise who is at the top of the standings right now. 2020 champion Jarno Opmeer has continued his strong form from last season and took this championship by the horns with two wins in the first event.

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DOUBLE THREAT: Opmeer's teammate Dani Moreno is quick enough to help him at the front

His remarkable win from P14 in China stands out, but his drive in Austria was just as important. He also claimed a crucial victory in COTA at the end of Event 3. The weakness to his game however has been qualifying.

Starting multiple races outside of the top 10 is far from ideal, and while he has been able to make his way through the field with great strategy and overtaking, it's left the door open for others to take points off him.

The nearly man

Frede Rasmussen has been at the front of the F1 Esports grid for a long time now. Third in the driver standings in 2018 and second in both '19 & '20 he is considered by many to be the fastest driver in the field, it just hasn't always worked out for him.

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FULL FOCUS: Rasmussen has done it all in esports, except claim an F1 Esports Drivers title

Another slow start from Rasmussen in 2021 may well cost him again though. He picked up just 28 points from the first three races. Coming into Event 2 34 points behind Jarno, Rasmussen has mounted an enormous comeback charge. He picked up two wins and three seconds in the six races since then.

It could have been more but for a chaotic last lap in Monza where Rasmussen went from P2 to P8. That rear-gunner action for teammate Marcel Kiefer got Red Bull a win, but may end up costing Rasmussen a drivers title.

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The newcomer

Lucas Blakeley hasn't been involved in an F1 Esports title fight before, but he's handling himself with poise.

the Aston Martin ace picked up his first F1 Esports win ever at the opening round in Bahrain and has been remarkably consistent both in qualifying and during the race.

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EYES ON THE PRIZE: Blakeley has been hyper-focused all season

He's not finished lower than 6th this season, compared to Jarno's 9th and Frede's 8th, and had the most impressive win in F1 Esports history when he drove clear of the field in Portimao.

So who wins? That all depends on the three tracks that stand between them and the championship.

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Final tracks

The last Event this season will be contested across Imola, Mexico, and Interlagos. This trio of tracks all pose different challenges to the drivers.

Imola is narrow, absurdly fast, and hard to overtake. Qualifying is always key in F1 Esports, but with kerbs that bite back, a very long pitlane, and only 1 real overtaking spot, it will be hard to cut through the field even with a tyre advantage.

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IMOLA MAGIC: The track has been a hit with fans but is tough for racing

Mexico, as we all know, features a run to turn 1 that is long enough to cause some chaos up and down the grid. Pole only guarantees that you will be giving an awesome slipstream to the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Interlagos never fails to deliver action and is a great finale venue.

Like Portimao, Imola is new to the game this year and could see diverging strategies and pace from the drivers. A runaway performance from Blakeley is unlikely, but if he's been putting in the hours on the new circuits it could well be an advantage.

The key though, may be Interlagos, where Frede Rasmussen has traditionally struggled.

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If it all goes down to the wire then Frede will need to conquer the circuit as well as his opponents.

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Predictions

It's hard to pick against any of these drivers. They are all capable of putting the car on pole and staying clear of the field.

Opmeer is always hard to pick against, as is Rasmussen, but our pick for the championship is Lucas Blakeley. The Aston Martin driver is in the zone right now and has tapped into a level of consistency and pace that should see him at the front of every race.

Of course, there are plenty of other drivers that can get involved and take points off the championship contenders. Nicolas Longuet, Dani Moreno, and Marcel Kiefer are the most likely suspects to challenge for race wins, and have less to lose than those fighting for the championship.

How to watch F1 Esports Final

The action starts at 3:30pm GMT on Wednesday, 15 December with qualifying from Imola & Mexico. The two races will then be run in the evening, starting at 7:30pm GMT.

Qualifying for the final race at Interlagos starts at 3:30pm GMT on Thursday, 16 December, with the race show starting at 7:30pm GMT.

All these shows will be available around the world on Formula 1's official FacebookTwitch, and YouTube channels.

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Driver standings

Driver Team Points
Jarno OpmeerMercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team140
Lucas BlakeleyAston Martin Cognizant Esports Team135
Frederik RasmussenRed Bull Racing Esports132
Dani MorenoMercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team82
Bardia BoroumandMcLaren Shadow80
Marcel KieferRed Bull Racing Esports67
Nicolas LonguetAlpine Esports Team57
David TonizzaFDA Esports Team56
Fabrizio DonosoAlpine Esports Team46
Alvaro CarretonWilliams Esports28

For complete driver standings visit F1esports.com

Team standings

Team Points
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team222
Red Bull Racing Esports199
Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team144
Alpine Esports Team107
McLaren Shadow80
FDA Esports Team78
Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports Team37
Williams Esports34
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen F1 Esports9
Uralkali Haas F1 Team Esports0