Toro Rosso Esports driver Fredrik Rasmussen feels his season in the 2018 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series was ‘successful’, but questions the racing standards from newly crowned champion Brendon Leigh.
Rasmussen was one of the title contenders going into the final round at the GFinity Arena in London, but the Dane chose to miss the first two races of Germany and Singapore in favour of Cem Bulokbasi, believing the team would achieve a stronger result with him and Patrik Holzmann behind the virtual wheel.
The Dane did return on Saturday for the live show to race around the USA and Abu Dhabi, ending the first race in fifth place after engaging in a five car duel during the midway point of the race.
The undrafted driver, who was picked up by Toro Rosso after the Pro Draft was over, ended his season with a third place around the Yas Marina Circuit.
In reflection to his season, Rasmussen felt his season was successful and feels proud to grab third place in the drivers’ and second in the constructors’ championships.
“Overall, the 2018 Series was quite successful for the team as we finished second in the Constructors’ Championship,” said Rasmussen.
“Personally, I grabbed third position in the Drivers’ Championship which I’m proud of. As for the last races, in Austin I loaded the wrong setup, so apart from being slow my tyres dropped down quickly and fell behind in the pack.”
During the final race of the Esports Series, Rasmussen was in an titanic battle for the lead with Mercedes AMG Petronas Esports‘ drivers of Leigh and team-mate Daniel Bereznay.
Leigh and Rasmussen continually swapped positions for the lead throughout the race in the final laps of the season. The Toro Rosso driver made contact with Leigh, causing front wing damage and losing his chance to win.
Bereznay ended up winning the race as Leigh was penalised for exceeding track limits in the race. Rasmussen ended the season with a podium spot in third. But the Dane wasn’t happy over the incident with Leigh, claiming the Brit was ‘brake checking’ him which ultimately caused damage to his car.
Brake checking, going 100kph too slow in the corners to break the cars behind wing, pushing people off every side by side moment, by far the worst racing ive been part of :(
— Frederik Rasmussen (@G2Frede) November 17, 2018
“In the final race in Abu Dhabi, the result was decent, but it wasn’t a good race for me,” Rasmussen commented.
“The racing I saw from Brendon was certainly questionable, he was brake checking and going 50kph too slow through the corners to break my front wing…at least he’s been penalized!”