Max Verstappen from Red Bull’s is just one of the proven driving stars that have taken refuge in Esports ‘ virtual world since the shutdown of racing worldwide in response to the pandemic of coronavirus.
On the last minute on Friday, the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled with the season expected to start only at the end of May.
The left driver basically is squeezing his thumbs in the meantime-and now he wants to make good use of his sudden free time by competing in an online gaming event All-Star Esports on Sunday.
The field includes the Indy 500 drivers Simon Pagenaud and Colton Herta and Felix Rosenquist, who have both been on hiatus for the U.S. open-wheel series until May, along with his friend Sebastian, Juan Pablo Montoya, who will also be a rising star in motorsport.
F1 stars Antonio Felix DaCosta, Max Gunther, Andre Lotterer, WEC chief Neel Jani and British F4 talent Billy Monger have also signed up. Brendon Leigh is another name on the all-star roster for Mercedes ‘ opening F1 Champion for sports.
The race is scheduled for Sunday from 13.00 GMT and will be broadcast live on YouTube free with commentary from Jack Nicholls, commentator of the BBC Formula E and F1.
The event was managed with the Formula ISI 2012 kit by Torque Esports in collaboration with rFactor 2, leading race simulation software. The configuration of the Grand Prix circuit remains a top secret-but certainly not the F1 drivers would imagine the Albert Park Circuit to be.
“We had wind that wouldn’t happen in Australia; we supposed the IndyCar race could be canned, and we knew already that Formula E races had been ended,” said Darren Cox, CEO of Torque Esports, to Reuthers.
“We began to put together a plan on Thursday morning,” he added. “In 48 hours, we turned something which wasn’t anything like one of the races of the year,” “We hoped that some of the true drivers would like it all, but it was a massive reaction. Lando Norris is still in action online in a series called “Not the Aus GP.”
Just before the official cancellation of the real world Grand Prix in Melbourn, Norris was withdrawn from the race after one of the McLaren team’s employees had already been screened for coronavirus. This is very snowballed. “It’s not the only virtual motor race held this weekend instead of events postponed.