Leclerc, Albon and Russell in for F1 Virtual Grand Prix Round 2
05 April, 2020, 22:10
Current drivers Charles Leclec, Alex Albon, George Russel, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi are all set to take part where they will be joined by former racer Johnny Herbert and England's Cricket World Cup victor Ben Stokes.
Double F1 race victor Leclerc joins the field in his virtual Ferrari for the first time this weekend, making his Virtual GP debut alongside Red Bull sophomore Albon and Williams driver George Russell.
Because the Vietnam circuit is not available on the current version of the official F1 video game, the race will take place on the Albert Park circuit which should have hosted the season-opener in Australia. A mixture of professional drivers, gamers and celebrities have taken part so far.
That group of current F1 drivers will be joined by former F1 racer and current Sky F1 pundit Johnny Herbert, off the back of his 13th in the Bahrain race, as well as England cricketing superstar Ben Stokes.
F1 set up the Virtual GP series in lieu of of its real-world 2020 season getting underway due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the opening eight round of the campaign to be either cancelled or postponed. It will be available to stream live on the Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch (which we've embedded above) and Facebook channels, plus you'll be able to watch via Formula 1's various global broadcast partners including Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.
The race will take around 1 hour 30 minutes to complete, with 28 laps of the circuit set to be run.
The Virtual Grand Prix will also be broadcast live with worldwide broadcast partners including in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event.
This includes running equal auto performance with fixed setups, reduced vehicle damage, and optional anti-lock brakes and traction control for those less familiar with the game.
An eSports Pro Exhibition race will be held after the virtual grand prix, starting at 9.30pm, being broadcast on the official F1 social channels and Twitch, and by selected TV broadcasters. "A star-studded grid is shaping up with our F1 stars - past, present and future - as well as huge names in sports and entertainment,", Julian Tan, F1's head of Esports said.