With the real thing cancelled, five F1 drivers, step forward to play out a virtual F1 Grand Prix this weekend for racing fans.

With the cancellation or postponement of nearly all major sporting events, some sporting bodies are using their ingenuity when it comes to supporting their fans. Formula 1 have teamed up with Codemasters realistic F1 sim to give a virtual Grand Prix via Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.

Using five real drivers from the F1 season, Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell, Lando Norris, and Nicholas Latifi will all take part in a virtual Grand Prix this weekend. The Grand Prix was due to take place in Vietnam this week but unfortunately, the Hanoi circuit is currently not available on the 2019 official F1 video game so drivers will show off their skills on the Australian Albert Park circuit instead.  

I personally think this is great forward thinking by the Formula 1, and shows how sport and computer games can integrate to provide amazing entertainment for fans of both. Here’s hoping that this kind of eSports can continue in these isolating times.