Hinwil, 12 May 2020 – The weekend produced wins, podiums and very positive results all over the board for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN esports racers, with Antonio Giovinazzi finishing in P7 in a very competitive Spanish Virtual Grand Prix, ahead of Thibaut Courtois in 11th; Bardia Boroumand claiming P2 and Daniel Bereznay in fourth in the Pro Exhibition Race, and Bereznay winning race two in the Veloce “Not the GP” Belgian race.
It was redemption, at last, for the team during the latest round of esports races: banishing the technical gremlins, the game freezes, and the other misfortunes that, without fault to our drivers, negatively influencing our previous rounds.
Antonio Shows Talent
Antonio, so often relegated to the sidelines by game crashes, was finally able to show his talent, running in the front positions for the majority of the race and eventually claiming a top-10 finish, while Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois produced a clean, effective performance to finish in P11, ahead of some big names from motorsport and as the lead footballer.
In the Pro Exhibition race, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN had a commanding performance; Bardia Boroumand started in pole position and, while he was unable to contain the attacks of Frederik Rasmussen, he claimed his first podium for the team with a fine second place. Daniel Bereznay was in contention for the final spot on the podium for the entirety of the race, eventually finishing fourth.
The Hungarian was in fine form on Saturday, in the Veloce “Not the GP” in Belgium. On the hallowed racetrack of Spa-Francorchamps, Daniel claimed P3 in race one, before a dominating win in race two.
The uptick in performance and the resolution of the glitches holding the team back are hopefully a good omen for the next rounds of the esports competitions.
Antonio Giovinazzi (P7, Virtual GP; DNF/DNF, Not the GP):
“Finally we left the technical issues behind us and we were able to complete the race. Our first objective was to see the chequered flag, now we have done that and we can go back to [focus] on performance. Because of the freezes, I didn’t have the chance to train as much as I would have liked, but for the next race we’ll prepare better, and hopefully, the results will show that on track.”
Thibaut Courtois (P11, Virtual GP):
“I am really happy [about] the performance we produced as a team. Daniel [Bereznay] told us to go on medium tires and it was a good strategic call. We had [a] good pace and to finish where I did, in front of real drivers, is definitely a good result. I tried to keep out of trouble at the start: it cost me some time, but I didn’t want to ruin my race by taking risks. In the end, it was a fun experience and it was great to race for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. I am looking forward to the next time.”
Daniel Bereznay (P4, Pro Exhibition race; P3/P1, Not the GP):
“I really enjoyed the weekend of racing. On Saturday, streaming in front of more than 40,000 people on my YouTube channel, I was involved in some very fun and clean fights on track. I was racing for fun, not the ultimate result, but in the end, the position was great. The Pro Exhibition race was always going to be difficult because Spain is one of my weakest tracks. I was really happy with P4 in qualifying, then in the race, I was close to overtaking Nicolas Longuet for P3: we ran side by side for one and a half sectors, but he was smart, placed his car well and I couldn’t pass. Frederik [Rasmussen] was uncatchable but my teammate Bardia was amazing: he was very consistent, played for the team, and raced smartly. I am happy for the team with second and fourth, and I can’t wait for the next race.”
Bardia Boroumand (P2, Pro Exhibition race):
“[The] first podium in just my second esports race, I am really happy with how the race went. I started on the pole and did all I could to keep the place, but Rasmussen was so fast and fully deserved the win. I didn’t do mistakes, pitted at the right time so I don’t have regrets. We’ll try to go one better in the next one.”
About Sauber Group of Companies:
The Sauber Group of Companies composes of three operational entities: Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team; Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on prototype development and additive manufacturing; and Sauber Aerodynamik AG, which conducts full and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and creates ground-breaking innovations in the field of aerodynamics. The companies collaborate closely and share know-how to apply the expertise of more than 500 dedicated individuals at the headquarter in Hinwil, Switzerland, to all internal and external projects. Since its founding in 1970, the passion for racing has been at the heart of Sauber.
For the last 50 years, the innovative Swiss company has been setting standards in the design, development, and construction of race cars for various championship series, such as Formula One, DTM, and WEC. Following its own Formula One debut in 1993, Sauber Motorsport AG has established one of the few traditional and privately held teams in the sport. After 25 years of competition in Formula One, the company launched a long-term partnership with Alfa Romeo in 2018 and enters the 2020 championship under the new team name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.