F1 Esports: Ben Stokes and Charles Leclerc to take part in second edition of Virtual Grand Prix
F1 stars Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon and co. will be joined by former driver Johnny Herbert and cricket star Ben Stokes in the virtual race, with more names are set to be announced in the coming days.
Formula 1 drivers Charles Leclerc, George Russell, Alex Albon, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi have confirmed they will be on the grid for the second installment of the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series this weekend.
The F1 stars will be joined by former driver Johnny Herbert and cricket star Ben Stokes, with more names are set to be announced in the coming days.
And it will be something of a family affair for Charles Leclerc, as his younger brother Arthur – a member of the Ferrari Driver Acadamy – will be racing alongside him for the FDA Hublot Esport Team.
This weekend’s Virtual Grand Prix is the second race in the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, designed to give fans the chance to watch some F1 racing action, despite the ongoing coronavirus situation.
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This weekend’s Grand Prix will take place on the Albert Park track, home of the Australian Grand Prix, on the weekend originally scheduled for Hanoi’s inaugural street circuit race in Vietnam.
The Vietnam circuit is currently not available on the official F1 2019 video game so the drivers will instead show off their skills on the Melbourne track. Drivers will join the race remotely, with a host broadcast live from the Gfinity Esports Arena (London based).
The broadcast, which will be available on F1.com, and the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels, is expected to run for 1 hour 30 minutes, with a qualifying period where grid positions will be determined based on the drivers’ fastest lap time, followed by a 28-lap race.
The organisers have announced that dueto the wide variety of gaming skill levels amongst the drivers, game settings will be configured in such a way to encourage competitive and entertaining racing. This includes running equal car performance with fixed setups, reduced vehicle damage, and optional anti-lock brakes and traction control for those less familiar with the game.