Formula One Launching Virtual Series

Posted on: Mar 20, 2020 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Formual One has launched an Esports Virtual Grand Prix series to replace the Formula One races called off due to the coronavirus crisis – with some of the grid’s current stars set to compete from this weekend.

The first event will be a virtual Bahrain Grand Prix at 8pm GMT (3pm CT) this Sunday, the 22nd of March, with events currently planned until the end of May.

This is great news for Formula One fans as the races have been cancelled since the Australian Grand Prix on the 12th of March. At the moment, organizers have suspended seven races in total and they expect to resume the world circuit on the 7th of June at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The first race will see current Formula One drivers line up on the virtual grid alongside a host of stars to be announced soon. Each driver will join the race remotely and the broadcast will be on Formula One’s YouTubeTwitch, and Facebook channels.

The virtual series is strictly for entertainment purposes and there won’t be any official World Championship points up for grabs. Also, during non-race weekends, Formula One will host online exhibition races, where fans around the world will be given the chance to race against real Formula One drivers.

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