Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard F1 Virtual Grand Prix LIVE Coverage.

The latest installment on popular eSports series – which happens as a substitute for real life race with Formula 1 currently in shutdown due to coronavirus – heading to Codemasters’ F1 2019 video game version of the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will try to make it three consecutive wins after claiming consecutive wins in Melbourne and Shanghai.

F1 racer Alexander Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi also took part with stars from other sports such as British cricket duo Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad, AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and former rally world champion Petter Solberg.

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Norris hopes for better luck

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Lando Norris from McLaren will hope to avoid tonight’s connection problems which have surrounded his Virtual Grand Prix campaign so far.

The Briton won on the debut of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge last weekend, before the controversy occurred yesterday when he was stopped from winning the second successive race after being defeated by 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.

It is fair to say that Norris is not happy with how the incident happened and he should be specifically fired later …

Who participated?

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Ferrari star Charles Leclerc – who just started playing the game recently – will be looking for a third win in a row tonight after winning the last two virtual races in Australia and China.

Red Bull racer Alexander Albon, Alfa Romeo racer Antonio Giovinazzi and Williams duo George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are some of the other F1 drivers competing.

British cricket pair Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad also took part, along with AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and 2003 world rally champion Petter Solberg.

Why not the Dutch Virtual Grand Prix?

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Tonight’s race is held on the same day that Formula One fans should be enjoying the first round of the Dutch Grand Prix since 1985.

However, because the Zandvoort Circuit in the Netherlands did not appear in the 2019 Codemasters F1 video game, fans voted in an online poll and decided that the much-awaited fourth race of the popular eSports series should take place in the virtual version of Autodromo. Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Welcome to LIVE Standard Sport’s coverage of the Virtual Grand Prix, organized by the Interlagos Circuit which is given digitally.

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How does it work?

The stream is stored at Gfinity eSports Arena in the UK, with each driver then participating remotely with a special simulator system.

What time does it start?

The event starts at 6 pm BST on Sunday 3 May after the Esports Pro F1 Exhibition competition.

The 28 round race itself is preceded by a qualifying period.

Why Interlagos?

Sunday’s Virtual Grand Prix takes place on the same day that the actual Dutch Grand Prix will be held for the first time since 1985.

However, because Circuit Zandvoort did not appear in the official F1 video game for 2019, Brazilian Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace was chosen as the preferred place in the online fan selection.

How to watch

You can watch the action online for free through the official Formula 1 website and their YouTube, Twitch, Weibo and Facebook channels.

Sky Sports customers can also watch the process live on the Sky Sports F1 channel and Sky Sports Main Event.

In total, this event will be broadcast live in more than 100 countries around the world.


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