Last week saw the announcement of the 2021 Ferrari Esports Series. Following on from the success of their previous competition, Ferrari have long supported various Esport activities. Now with their achievements in F1 Esports and a great driver line-up, they have both the driver names and a growing footprint in the Esport scene. Ferrari is considered by many to be part of the very fabric of motorsport and the winner of the Gran Final will receive the opportunity and privilege to become an official Esport racing driver and join the famous Ferrari Driver Academy Esports Team.
The new season follows on from the success of the Ferrari Esports Series inaugural season in 2020, which saw 20,000 European drivers competing for victory, eventually won by 21-year-old Italian racing driver, Giovanni Da Salvo in an exciting and drama filled final event.
The 2021 Ferrari Esports Series will begin on April 5th, while registrations are open from 21.00 CET on March 16 on the official website at www.ferrariesportsseries.gg and are open to European entrants, (including the UK). The 2021 tournament will again use Kunos Simulazioni’s Assetto Corsa and feature four of Ferrari’s real-world vehicles, including two exclusively available to drivers who register for the Series – the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo and the brand-new Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo.
All of the information is presented in the video below and we’ve added the official information provided by Ferrari Esports outlining the competition details. I’ve also taken the time to add some initial thoughts on the business aspect and wanted to thank Jane Reeve for taking the time to answer my question.
Onto the details then and the qualification stage will begin with four hot lap sessions to decide the participants of the qualification races which runs from April 5th until late July. The best 48 drivers will qualify for the main Ferrari Esports Series competition, which is set to run from late August until November. The season will culminate with the top 24 drivers taking part in the Grand Final, scheduled for mid-December and will feature three races and decide who becomes the 2021 Ferrari Esports Series Champion. All the action will be streamed on the Ferrari Esports Twitch Channel https://www.twitch.tv/ferrariesports on the last Tuesday of the month from later August until the end of the season.
Two additional elements have been added to the format in 2021 in order to add to the fun and competition – registered players will be offered the chance to participate in various prize draw events throughout the season, with a selection of outstanding prizes up for grabs (more details to be revealed soon). The winner of each prize draw will be announced live on air by the race broadcast team during each race’s live-streamed event.
Secondly, 2021 will also feature an original official competition developed especially for design-minded Ferrari esports fans: the all-new Car Livery Contest. Participants will be able to create and submit liveries for some cars used by the Series via a specially created website. The best of the liveries will be shared on Ferrari’s official social channels, and the design most popular with the Ferrari community will be incorporated into the game and used during the official Series races.
So, that’s it. Time to get registered and get up to speed, competition will be tough.