Ferrari WINS on debut in F1 esports

Ferrari added its first victory in the F1 Esports Pro Series on Wednesday night.

Tonizza, first pick in the July Pro Draft after being overlooked last year, won on the Bahrain and China layouts and then finished third around the virtual Azerbaijan GP street circuit.

Ferrari were absentees last year, the only F1 team to shun the series, with Formula One’s oldest and most glamorous brand reserving judgement.

“It’s just unbelievable. Two out of two in the first event, at my first experience, just unbelievable,” said the 17-year-old Italian.

“It was very hard but I managed to take the pressure.”

Three more live events will be held, with the next round on Oct. 2, to determine the 2019 F1 esports champion and the winning team.

The prize fund has more than doubled from 2018 to a total of $500,000. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)