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Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix Series Returns for 2021

F1 Virtual GP

F1 announced today that they would be repeating the series of esports events made popular during last year’s “lockdown season”. It comes as many nations are still in states of lockdown or partial lockdown and aims to give fans some Formula 1 based entertainment during those cold and bleak winter months.

Format Changes & Charity

This time, the F1 Esports drivers will now feature in the main broadcasts but in a supporting role. The esports superstars will race in a 5-lap sprint race that will qualify their team in position for the Feature Race featuring “real” racing drivers, sports stars and celebrities.

None of the competing celebrities have been announced thus far. However, last year’s iteration included F1 drivers Lando Norris, Charles LeClerc, Alex Albon and even cult-hero Jonny Herbert. The events even reached outside of the motorsport world by welcoming cricketer Ben Stokes, singer Liam Payne, as well as footballers Emerick Aubameyang and Thibault Courtois.

One welcome addition is that there will be a charity prize fund that will be donated by F1 to the team’s nominated charities. The points for each team will be tracked over the three races and the amount of money donated will be dependant upon their finishing position. The amount of charity prize fund has not yet been disclosed.

Calendar

31st January 2021

7th February 2021

14th February 2021

No information on what tracks will be used has been provided at this time.

Where to watch

All races will be broadcast live on the Formula 1 YouTube and Twitch channels.

Want to keep up-to-date with the latest racing esports news? You can find it all at traxion.gg/esports.

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