The series has been planned to encourage fans to continue watching Formula 1 races online, given the current COVID-19 situation that has affected the opening race calendar this season.
Formula 1 Esports Grand Prix series starts tomorrow. It announced that it intends to organize a virtual race to prevent the stagnation caused by the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.
Races will replace the delayed GP starting in Bahrain on Sunday, March 22. Each subsequent race will replace the actual Formula 1 race postponed over the weekend with the Formula 1 Esports Grand Prix. In order to guarantee the safety of the participants, each pilot will attend the race remotely and the matches will be broadcast live from Gfinity Esports Arena on Sunday, March 22, at 23:00.
Formula 1 Esports Grand Prix will be broadcast live from Gfinity Esports Arena on Sunday, March 22 at 23:00. It will take place at 8 pm UK time. The virtual championship will be played through the official F1 2019 video game developed by Codemasters. The first virtual GP will be 28 laps. The tournament will be broadcast live on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels. The broadcast will take a total of 1 and a half hours.
Due to the large range of skill levels between the players, the game settings will be designed in such a way as to promote fun and exciting racing. This includes an equal performance of the car with set settings, reduced damage to the vehicle, and optional anti-lock braking and traction control for those less familiar with the game.
Formula 1 will also host online live events, where fans from around the world will be given the opportunity to play head-to-head with F1 drivers. More specifics of these activities will be available via the official Formula 1 social media channels in the coming weeks.
According to the details we got on F1 official page;
Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports said:
“We are very pleased to be able to bring some light relief in the form of the F1 Esports Virtual GP, in these unpredictable times, as we hope to entertain fans missing the regular sporting activities. With every major sports league in the world unable to compete, it is a great time to highlight the benefits of esports and the incredible skill that’s on show.”
Frank Sagnier, Chief Executive Officer, Codemasters added:
“We’re excited to be a part of the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix Series. With sporting events currently on hold around the world, it’s great that the official F1® video game can help fill the void by bringing together an exciting line-up of talent to race online during the postponed race weekends. It’s going to be competitive, action-packed, and a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
John Clarke, Gfinity Chief Executive Officer said:
“Gfinity is proud to be playing its part in the design and delivery of the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, which will bring exciting virtual racing to a legion of Formula 1 and Esports fans around the globe. The virtual Bahrain GP will feature all the thrills and spills of racing with F1 drivers and special guest celebrities going head-to-head, which promises to put a smile back on the faces of millions of sports fans.”