Thanks to the evil new coronavirus live races all over the world have continued to be postponed or cancelled, which is throwing a wrench in the start of the race season. As both drivers and fans continue to get antsy the powers that be in several major racing series are doing what they can to get drivers back on track, even if it means in unexpected ways.
Hence the launch of the newest eracing series. Much like NASCAR’s newest eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series has been created to enable fans to continue watching Formula 1 races virtually, despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation that has affected this season’s opening race calendar.
Beginning this weekend with the Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday March 22, this series will feature a number of the current F1 drivers who will race alongside celebrity guests on a virtual racetrack.
Each race will use the official F1 2019 PC video game, developed by Codemasters, and the first virtual race on the Sakhir track will be a 28 lap race, for about an 1 hour and 30 minutes, and fans will be able to watch on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring some light relief to this whole virus situation,” said Julian Tan, head of esports at Formula 1. “In these unpredictable times, we hope to entertain fans missing the regular sporting action and we hope that this will be a great way.”
The series is strictly for entertainment purposes, to bring racing action to fans in this unprecedented scenario the world has been affected by, with no official World Championship points up for grabs for the drivers. During non-race weekends, Formula 1 fans will also have a chance to get in on the action with online exhibition races, where fans from around the world will be given the chance to go head-to-head with F1 drivers. More details of these events will be available across the official Formula 1 social media channels in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com as this and other virtual races become available.