Ferrari may have ended the Formula 1 season without any silverware from the actual track, but David Tonizza did clinch the Esports title for the Scuderia.
The final rounds of the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series took place on Wednesday night in London at the Gfinity Esports Arena.
Ferrari only entered the competition for the first time this year and their pro draft pick Tonizza landed the Drivers’ title after finishing top of the leaderboard with 184 points.
He saw off Frederik Rasmussen (Red Bull, 171 points), Jarno Opmeer (Renault, 128 points) and Daniel Bereznay (Alfa Romeo, 123 points) who all had a chance to take the title away from the Ferrari driver.
The Constructors’ Championship, and the bulk of the $500,000 prize went to Red Bull, who finished on 246 points ahead of second-placed Ferrari, who ended the campaign with 184 points.
“Starting from 109,000 hopefuls, we now have our Driver Champion of the 2019 F1 Esports Series,” Julian Tan, head of digital business initiatives & Esports at Formula 1 said.
“I want to congratulate David Tonizza for overcoming all challenges in what has been our most competitive season to date.
“Tonizza is a prime example of the living room to podium story that is at the heart of this programme, as we continue to use esports to break borders into our magnificent sport and redefine what it means to be part of the world of Formula 1.
“This season is a momentous season not only because we have set a record prize fund, but also because we have, for the first time ever, all ten official F1 teams participating, making Red Bull’s victory in the Teams’ Championship truly rewarding.
“Congratulations to them for the amazing achievement in the 2019 F1 Esports Series and to all teams and drivers for putting on the greatest virtual racing spectacle on the planet.
“I can’t wait to see what the 2020 F1 Esports Series has in store.”