F1 And F1 Esports Drivers Line Up For Virtual Races! - F1Esports News

F1 And F1 Esports Drivers Line Up For Virtual Races!

March 15, 2020

With no Grands Prix until May, the racing community needs something to look forward to. Something to smile about.

So on Sunday March 15 – the planned date of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix – two virtual events will merge the worlds of on-track and virtual racing, as stars from motor racing, Esports, and entertainment compete digitally. Veloce’s #NotTheAusGP event and The Race’s All-Star Esports Battle will both see huge names compete online, with F1 drivers such as Lando Norris, Max Verstappen, and Stoffel Vandoorne all involved.

While bans on travel and mass gatherings make IRL global sporting events an impossibility, there’s nothing to stop folks from congregating in hyperspace. So, on Sunday March 15 – the day the 2020 season-opener was due to take place – there will at least be two races taking place!


McLaren F1 Team’s very own Lando Norris will be part of the #NotTheAusGP event, alongside former F1 stars Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez, and Japanese Formula 3 Champion Sacha Fenestraz.

Some huge names from the world of F1 Esports will be joining the fun too, with multiple race-winner Dani Bereznay locked in, and 2019 Renault pair Jarno Opmeer and Simon Weigang. Ex-Renault Sport Team Vitality man James Doherty is another big name for the roster.

Plenty of YouTube stars will also be involved too, with World’s Fastest Gamer James Baldwin, Ben ‘Tiametmarduk’ Daly, and Aarav ‘The Aarava TV’ Amin, SuperGT, and bona fide speedy boi WillNE all taking part too. In a crossover event nobody saw coming, Real Madrid and Belgian National Team goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will also be joining the fun – although we’re pretty confident the expert shot-stopper won’t be donning his gloves for the race!

Over on The Race’s channel, F1 drivers past and present will be lining up, including Max Verstappen and Juan Pablo Montoya. Also joining them on the grid will be double F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh, Bono Huis, and 2019 Pro Draft selection Lucas Blakely.

YouTube star Jimmy Broadbent will be hoping for no punterinos as he joins the grid, as well as racing stars such as Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and Formula 3 star Billy Monger.


Veloce will be streaming the event on both their YouTube and Twitch channels, with the action kicking off at 17:45 GMT. Some of the streamers will also be showing their own perspectives too, with Aarava confirming he’ll be streaming his version of events.

The Race will also be live on their YouTube channel, with the main race getting under way at 15:35 GMT.

Tune in to get your racing fix, and join in the conversation on social media!

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