After the inaugural Formula 1 Virtual Series race, there was a lot of dissatisfaction. Not everything went according to the organizers of the whole undertaking — technical problems plagued the event and then total chaos reigned on the track.
Nevertheless, this is a thing of the past, because next Sunday the next installment of virtual competition arrives. This time on the start list we will see definitely more names from the world of F1 — five professional drivers of this series have confirmed their participation.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon and Williams’ George Russell will join Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi for the Sunday’s race. This is very positive information for the fans of the motorsport queen, who in the face of the pandemic and the inability to hold real GPs, certainly would like to see the entire line-up of drivers in action.
However, there is still a long way to go, although it is difficult not to notice significant progress in this matter. Among the participants of the struggle, we will also see, among others Louis Delétraz, a driver who performs in F2 on a regular basis, Christian Lundgaard from F3 and Pietro Fittipaldi, a reserve driver for Haas.
On the coming Sunday, according to the official schedule, the Vietnam Grand Prix was to be held, however, participants of the virtual competition will race at Albert Park in Melbourne. This is due to the fact that the race in Vietnam was to have just made its debut this season, so it is not yet available in last year’s version of the game prepared by Codemasters. Therefore, it was decided to catch up and take the street loop in Australia, which has been opening the racing calendar for many years.
The broadcast of this event will be available on the official F1 channels via YouTube, Twitch and Facebook, as well as on television, including the leading sports network Sky Sports. It is not known whether ESPN or other regular F1 networks will be interested in the event, although due to the lack of virtually no other events, it seems a natural move.
The start of the race is scheduled for April 5 at 21:00 CEST.