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Formula E announces ‘Road to Las Vegas’ eSports race with $1m prize fund

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Formula E has confirmed more details for its upcoming eSports race in Las Vegas that will see drivers battle for a prize fund of $1 million.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag announced over the London ePrix weekend at the beginning of July that Las Vegas would play host to an e-race in January, acting as a non-championship round for season three.

ESports has been a key area of focus for Formula E since its inception, with a handful of drivers going head-to-head at each race weekend in a virtual race.

As part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit (January 5-7) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 20 drivers racing in Formula E this season will be pitted against each other on the rFactor 2 game, as confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

The drivers will be joined by 10 fans who can win a place on the grid via the ‘Road to Las Vegas Challenge’ scheme, more details about which can be found by clicking here.

“Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans,” Agag said upon the announcement.

“Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace.

“All this will take place within CES, the world’s largest technology show, highlighting our commitment to fan engagement through innovation and technology.

“We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution.

“Gamers, welcome to Formula E – let’s race!”

Formula E previously made an appearance in Las Vegas when its demo car ventured down The Strip in 2014.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.