Formula 1 drivers joined by cricket and football stars for virtual grand prix at Brazil’s Interlagos

It’s time for another Virtual Grand Prix! This time, F1 drivers Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi and Charles Leclerc will be joined by stars from cricket and football world for this weekend’s virtual race at the Interlagos Circuit.

We’re very happy to have England cricketers Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes taking to the grid for this weekend’s Virtual Grand Prix too, alongside A.C. Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli, and they’ll be battling it out alongside Formula 1 stars in the fourth virtual race of the season, with more names being announced very soon!

Broad, who’ll be stepping up and racing for Scuderia AlphaTauri, will be looking to beat his England teammate Stokes, who’s racing in his second virtual Grand Prix for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing alongside Alex Albon.

Sunday’s Virtual GP will coincide withn the weekend which was originally scheduled for the Dutch Grand Prix, and as Circuit Zandvoort isn’t in F1 2019, the choice of circuit was left to you to vote on social media. Getting more than 50% of the 40,00 votes cast was Brazil’s Autódromo José Carlos Pace, also known as Interlagos – what a track!

Drivers will be joining the race remotely, and with a host broadcast live from the Gfinity Esports Arena from 6:00pm (BST) on Sunday May 3.

The broadcast which will be available on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch, as well as the Formula1game Facebook page. We’re expecting to be running for about an hour and a half, with a qualifying period where grid positions will be determined based on the drivers’ fastest lap time, followed by a 28-lap race.

The Virtual Grand Prix will also be broadcast live with international broadcast partners in over 100 countries including in the UK on Sky Sports, in the US on ESPN, and FOX Sports Asia across Southeast Asia.

That’s not all – right beforehand, at 5pm BST, you’ll be able to watch the F1 Esports pros race against each other in the F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race. You’ll be able to catch this T official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch, the Formula1game Facebook page, as well as selected TV broadcasters and is expected to run for 1 hour.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports said: “We are delighted that so many fans are watching and engaging with the F1 Esports Virtual Grands Prix. The viewership continues to go from strength to strength, outlining the growing success of the races and the wider potential of Formula 1 in esports. Furthermore, we are thrilled to welcome more stars from outside the world of F1, to complement our strong F1 and motorsport driver grid, and use this opportunity to link up with other sports as we all stand together to give fans something to cheer about during these difficult times.”

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