FORMULA ONE bosses have listened to The Solar’s concept to host a digital Grand Prix to fill the void left by the coronavirus.
The seven opening races to the season have been both scrapped or postponed because of the pandemic.
On February 12 as soon as the Chinese language GP was placed on maintain, I Tweeted that F1 ought to use this as a possibility to advertise ESports the place drivers might go browsing from their houses and race in opposition to one another.
I wrote: “With the Chinese language GP postponed, it might give @F1 the prospect to advertise its eSports. Why not run a non-championship digital Chinese language GP? Supply it as much as drivers/reserve/improvement/eSport drivers. It could be enjoyable.”
And now they’ve responded by launching the Esports Digital Grand Prix sequence beginning with the Bahrain GP this Sunday.
Whereas the line-up is being put collectively, drivers resembling Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris are eager on-line racers.
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A press release mentioned: “System 1 has at present introduced the launch of a brand new F1 Esports Digital Grand Prix sequence, that includes numerous present F1 drivers.
“The sequence has been created to allow followers to proceed watching System 1 races nearly, regardless of the continuing COVID-19 state of affairs that has affected this season’s opening race calendar.
“The digital races will run instead of each postponed Grand Prix, beginning this weekend with the Digital Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday March 22.
“Each subsequent race weekend will see the postponed real-world System 1 race changed with a Digital Grand Prix, with the initiative presently scheduled to run till Might.
“The primary race of the sequence will see present F1 drivers line up on the grid alongside a bunch of stars to be introduced in the end.
“So as to assure the members security at the moment, every driver will be part of the race remotely, with a bunch broadcast dwell from the Gfinity Esports Area from 8:00pm on Sunday.”
The race will use the F1 2019 PC online game and can final for 28 laps across the Sakhir monitor in Bahrain.
It is going to be proven dwell on F1’s YouTube, Twitch and Fb channels and can final for 90 minutes.
Julian Tan, Head of Digital Enterprise Initiatives and Esports mentioned: “We’re more than happy to have the ability to deliver some mild reduction within the type of the F1 Esports Digital GP, in these unpredictable occasions, as we hope to entertain followers lacking the common sporting motion.
“With each main sports activities league on this planet unable to compete, it’s a nice time to spotlight the advantages of esports and the unbelievable talent that’s on present.”