RACE DEBRIEF

    AS IT HAPPENED: Watch the action from Rounds 4 & 5 of the F1 Esports Series Pro Championship

    After reigning F1 Esports Series champion Jarno Opmeer took victory last time out at the Red Bull Ring, the championship battle resumes this evening with races at Silverstone and Monza.

    Race 1 of this year's series saw Lucas Blakeley take top honours in the first race in Bahrain, after taking his and Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Esports Team’s very first victory in the championship.

    WATCH: All the action from Round 3 of the 2021 F1 Esports Series Pro Championship

    Nicolas Longuet grabbed pole, but was beaten to Turn 1 by Blakeley, and despite a sensational late-race battle between the pair, it was the man in green who took the win.

    If Round 1 was breathless, Round 2 capped off perhaps the most explosive day of F1 Esports action in history. After qualifying a lowly 14th, reigning champion Opmeer attempted a masterstroke in China. He started on intermediate tyres after seeing the track was wet, with all those around him on full wet tyres.

    Once the pit stops shuffled the pack, Opmeer was miles ahead, but not for long. The track dried even more, and Fabrizio Donoso was the first to don the slick tyres, undercutting Opmeer who followed suit a lap later. The two then battled fiercely along Shanghai’s 1.4km back straight, before Opmeer wrestled back the win.

    The final race of Event 1 took us to Spielberg in Austria, and Opmeer once again took full advantage of tricky conditioning, controlling the race from the front for a second consecutive win.

    After the first three races Opmeer is top of the table, and he'll be looking to extend his advantage in tonight's races.

    The action gets under way at 1830 GMT/1930 BST, and you can catch it in the video player up top, as well as on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Huya (China) channels.

    For more details of the Pro Championship – and all things F1 Esports – check out the official F1 Esports site.