Frederik Rasmussen and Joni Törmälä to represent Red Bull Racing Esports for 2019 Formula 1 Esports series.
For the first time since its launch in 2017, the Formula 1 Esports Series will see all ten F1 teams fielding sim racing squads in the highly-rated virtual racing tournament.
Ahead of July’s pro-draft, our contracted team is beginning to take shape. Frederik Rasmussen (Denmark) and Joni Törmälä (Finland) will represent Red Bull Racing Esports. 18-year-old Frederik (gamertag: Formel 1 Frede) raced for Toro Rosso in 2018, finishing the season third in the championship while 22-year-old Joni (gamertag: Topa) came seventh, racing for us.
We are also pleased to announce a loan deal that will see Cem Bolukbasi (Turkey) and Patrik Holzmann (Germany) racing for Scuderia Toro Rosso in the F1 Esports series. Both Cem and Patrik remain in our expanding competition stable and will continue racing under the Red Bull Racing Esports banner in other events across the 2019 sim racing calendar.
Frederik Rasmussen said: “I am very happy to being able to represent the Red Bull Racing Esports team this year. Last season I was runner up behind Mercedes but we will be training hard with the new F1 2019 game and we look forward to giving our best.”
Joni Törmälä added: “Frede has shown great performances last year and I’m very excited about teaming up with one of the biggest sim racing talents in recent years. Working together and with the support of the team we hope we can challenge for the world championship.”
We are also confirming that Graham Carroll has been released from his F1 Esports commitments but will remain active within the wider Red Bull Racing Esports team.
Further names will be added to the respective squads at the Pro Draft event, which takes place on 16-17 July, with the 30 qualifiers from the PS4, Xbox and PC race-off events in the running to be picked up for the 2019 F1 campaign.