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F1 Esports preview: Team raring to go for Event Three

Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team aims to continue to fight at the front of the field in Event Three. With the support of Title Partner Cognizant, we're bringing you all you need to know ahead of Wednesday and Thursday.

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With 96 points on the board, the team currently holds third in the Constructors' Championship with only two events and a total of six races remaining this season.

Following a triumphant debut in Event One, Aston Martin Cognizant Esports Team took two further podiums in Event Two to continue its Constructors' Championship fight.

Event Three's triple-header has the F1 Esports field compete at Portimão and Zandvoort on Wednesday before returning to the Circuit of the Americas on Thursday.

Holding second in the Drivers' Championship, Lucas Blakeley will return to the virtual cockpit for the penultimate event of the season and will be joined by Daniele Haddad as Shanaka Clay continues to support the pair 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.

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Lucas Blakeley: "We have prepared well for the next set of events, and hopefully we will be able to carry the momentum in Event Three. Portimão is a new track for this season and, from the driver's seat, it will be very interesting to see how this race unfolds.

"Zandvoort is also back, and, because it can be difficult to overtake there, it will be incredibly important to perform well in qualifying. The Circuit of the Americas also poses a unique challenge in terms of car set-up so we still need to keep up the hard work in this series.

"Every single day matters, whether that's practising qualifying, racing or even taking some time out to clear the mind. Hopefully, Event Three will be a good one, so let's see how it goes."

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Daniele Haddad: "Portimão marks a new challenge for us this week and, alongside Zandvoort and the Circuit of the Americas, Event Three has a mixture of track types. At each circuit, it will be vital to be clean and clinical to perform well in qualifying.

"If we can secure a good starting position, we should be in a good spot to fight for strong results. We have had four weeks to prepare for these races, and I feel ready. As always, finishing inside the top five is our goal, and if things go our way, I think we will have a good chance to shine."

Shanaka Clay: "After a strong start to the 2021 season, I will be working hard behind the scenes to support Lucas and Daniele in Event Three. Event Two was four weeks ago so we have had a lot of time to prepare for the next set of races.

"I think we are in a good position for Portimão, Zandvoort and the Circuit of the Americas and hopefully, we will be able to score some strong results."

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