Hinwil, 13 October 2021 – Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports will kick off the latest season of the F1 Esports Series today as the virtual racers return to action on Twitch at 20:30 CET.
After finishing second in the Teams’ Championship and claiming the Drivers’ crown with Jarno Opmeer in 2020, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports enter the season in high spirits and with great expectations. A new line-up, made up of some of the freshest talent in the world of Esports, is ready to fly the team’s colours.
17-year-old Thijmen Schütte is the youngest driver to ever compete in F1 Esports and will be making his debut this season. Starting his driving career at just 14, Schütte is an exciting talent, who will be able to learn from an experienced team-mate in the shape of Simon Weigang, who brings a wealth of experience with two seasons under his belt, hoping to build on his previous success.
Racing alongside Schutte and Weigang is former Ferrari Academy driver Filip Prešnajder. The Slovak put in an impressive qualifying display in Spa last year and is looking to make a name for himself this season.
The 2021 F1 Esports season will be held online, with four events from October 13th to December 16th. In each event, race one and two will be held on a Wednesday, while race three will take place on Thursday. The teams will be competing for a share of an attractive USD750,000 prize pot.
The line up for each of the races in event 1 is as follows:
Sakhir, Bahrain (Race 1): Simon Weigang and Thijmen Schütte
Shanghai, China (Race 2): Simon Weigang and Filip Prešnajder
Spielberg, Austria (Race 3): Simon Weigang and Filip Prešnajder
About Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies is composed of two operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team; and Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on third-party business in the areas of prototype development and additive manufacturing, in addition to full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and ground-breaking innovation in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely and share know-how to apply the expertise of more than 500 dedicated individuals at the headquarter in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects. Since its founding in 1970, the passion for racing has been at the heart of Sauber.
For more than 50 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development and construction of race cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional and privately held teams in the sport. After 25 years of competition in Formula One, the company launched a long-term partnership with Alfa Romeo in 2018 and enters the 2021 championship under the team name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.