Renault Sport Team Vitality‘s Kimmy Larsson has noted the Circuit Of The Americas as the track he believes he will have his strongest race at ahead of the final round of the 2018 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series.
The final round of F1’s official Esports championship starts on Friday at the GFinity Arena in London with four races left of the series. Two races around Germany’s Hockenheimring and Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit will take place on Friday, before a live show on Saturday will see the drivers battle out around the USA and a 50%, double points special race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The second round, which involved tracks at France, United Kingdom and Belgium, saw Kimmy Larsson enter the series for the first time. The Swede replaced Sven Zurner for the round and joined James Doherty to represent Renault.
Larsson found his debut round difficult as he couldn’t secure a points finish. France saw his best result of the round with fourteenth place. His race at Silverstone was compromised due to front wing damage, setting him back down to fifteenth and he rounded off his night with sixteenth place at Spa.
Reflecting on his debut round and what he could do for the final round, Larsson says that he’ll have to re-watch the races and see what he can do.
“Basically need to analyse the whole thing (second round) and re-watch the race, even though I don’t want to just because everything just went bad,” commented Larsson
“It felt bad. But it is an experience to just to take in. For sure it may take some days for me to cool down from just a high temperament from everything like that. It’s just to focus on what I’ve been doing wrong and what can be done better for the next round.”
With four races left, reigning Esports champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas Esports driver Brendon Leigh leads the championship with 128 points. Toro Rosso Esports driver Frederik Rasmussen lies second with 87 points, nine points ahead of Daniel Bereznay.
For the final round, Renault decided to keep Larsson on and bring back Zurner in, replacing Doherty for the final four races of the series. Renault sit eighth overall in the teams’ championship with 14 points.
With four races left, Larsson has noted that the American circuit is a track that will be good for him, due to the first sector being a favourite section.
“I just love the turns, the Esses. I love also when I was in a lobby with the other guys, particular with the first sector I was like two-three tenths up. It’s a good track for me.”