With the postponement of Formula 1 races due to the coronavirus, some drivers are taking risks in eSport competitions. Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon, George Russel and Lando Norris recently participated in the second stage of the F1 Virtual Gran Prix.
Using the official F1 2019 game, they played last Sunday (05) the race at the Albert Park digital circuit in Melbourne, Australia. Alongside them were other professionals, such as Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi and former British driver Johnny Herbert.
Success on real and virtual tracks
Broadcast on official YouTube and Twitch channels, fans of real and virtual sport followed Charles Leclerc’s victory after 29 laps. Within 10 seconds, the current Ferrari driver was ahead of Christian Lungaard and George Russel of Williams.
Following were Arthur Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Stoffel Vandoorme, Louis Deletraz and Alexander Albon. Unfortunately, the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi was in 10th place in this stage of the eSport competition.
Former British driver Jenson Button also took part in the race and crossed the finish line in 12th. Due to connection problems, Lando Norris did not participate in the race. For those who were unable to follow live, check out the full step in the video below:
Next stage of the F1 Virtual Gran Prix
Reproducing the digital version of the Shanghai circuit in China, the next race of the F1 Virtual Grand Prix will take place on April 19th. Therefore, it is expected that other Formula 1 professionals will also participate in the category’s eSport competition.
As said, the broadcasts are carried out live on the official Formula 1 channels on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook. The schedule involves two races, the first match with the drivers and ex-drivers of the real tracks and then with the eSport professionals.