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F1 Esports preview: Team carries momentum into historic triple-header

Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team aims to carry its momentum into Event Two of the F1 Esports Pro Championship following a triumphant debut in the series. With the support of Title Partner Cognizant, we're bringing you all you need to know ahead of Wednesday and Thursday's action.

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The team is currently second in the Constructors' Championship with 55 points ahead of the final nine races and three events remaining this season.

It follows Lucas's victory in the Bahrain opener, which preceded a pair of fourth-place finishes in China and Austria, while seventh for Daniele in the second race completed a successful maiden event for Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team.

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The second event's triple-header has drivers compete at Silverstone and Monza on Wednesday before racing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday as the season reaches the halfway point.

Lucas and Daniele will return to the virtual cockpit in the second event, while Shanaka will continue to support the duo behind the scenes.

All rounds will be held at 35% race distance on the latest addition to the Formula One video game franchise, F1 2021, which presents a new challenge for drivers with enhanced realism.

Qualifying and the race for each round will be broadcast globally. For more information, please consult your local TV guide.

Lucas Blakeley, Driver, Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team: "It's been a tight turnaround between events, and we're ready to race at three of the most historic tracks on the Formula One calendar in Silverstone, Monza and Spa.

"It's a combination that makes this round of the F1 Esports Pro Championship the most prestigious, and Silverstone is my favourite track. We can expect action-packed racing at all three venues, especially with DRS active in the late stages of the races.

"The teams were all very close in performance last time out, and I fully expect it to be even closer this time around. Our goal is to carry on the form from last time out and fight for the top positions."

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Daniele Haddad, Driver, Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team: "I'm very excited to get going at my home race in Monza.

"It's not easy to be quick here, as it's all about a clean approach through the first two chicanes and then really attacking the Ascari chicane.

"Spa is also a challenging circuit because it's important to take a lot of the kerbs, but without making an error, which can be crucial in qualifying.

"Then there's Silverstone, which is an incredibly flat-out lap and always exciting to be a part of. Our goal is to be consistent across all three races and pick up crucial points, which is challenging as the entire field has had to prepare for three races in just two weeks.

"It's the same for everyone, and we can expect really close racing this week."

Shanaka Clay, Driver, Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team: "We've had a strong start to the season so far. Lucas and Daniele scored a good number of points in the first event, and I'll be working hard behind the scenes to support the guys in the coming races.

"With a quick turnaround between events, preparation is key, and I think we're in a good place to carry our momentum into Spa, Silverstone and Monza."

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