Chinese Virtual Grand Prix All Set to Begin on Sunday


After the successful run of two races, F1 Esports is ready to feature another exciting online racing event in the Chinese Grand Prix this Sunday. As most of the followers might know already, the Shanghai International Circuit could not host the F1 race because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event had to be postponed. Thankfully, the circuit has returned in time to bring the F1 action back in a virtual setup.

Charles Leclerc in for a Consecutive Win

Last time around, Charles Leclerc claimed the win on his debut. Many other F1 drivers joined Leclerc to make the event even more exciting. George Russell finished in third whereas Lando Norris crashed out of the game. Disappointed by the early crash, Lando deleted the game permanently. However, Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports believes the last virtual GP was one of the most successful they have ever put on.

Lando Norris Returns to Virtual GP

Much like the last race, many big names are involved in the Chinese Virtual GP. First off are the F1 stars, George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nicholas Latifi, Alexander Albon and Lando Norris.

Yes! You heard it right. Lando Norris is back. For those who did not watch the stream last time, F1 2019 crashed early on for the McLaren driver who was prepared to show off what he had learned in the last few weeks of sim racing. Unfortunately, that never happened. It was a shame to see him not play the game while his fellow F1 racers drove with two podiuming at the end of the race.

Lando shared his frustration with his mate, Max Verstappen who in the past has expressed his dislike for the Codemasters game. It must have taken a lot to change Lando’s mind about F1’s official sim racing. For some reason, it feels like this Grand Prix could work in his favor that is if the game does not suddenly crash.

Thibaut Courtois Joins the GP Lineup

Another hot inclusion to the Chinese Virtual GP is the Real Madrid Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who will be racing for the Red Bull. Courtois has been away from his football duties for a while now. He would be looking to test his driving skills on Sunday. Since he plays for one of the greatest football clubs in the world, it is going to be like any other football match for him where he has to be at his best no matter what.

More celebrities could be joining the Grands Prix in the future as the series continues to gain momentum. The thrill-filled race event lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. You can watch the event live on Twitch, Weibo and Facebook.


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