Ben Stokes to race against F1 drivers in virtual GP
By: Reuters | London |

Published: April 2, 2020 6:32:36 pm


Ben Stokes, Ben Stokes abusing spectator, Ben Stokes abused by spectator, Ben Stokes apology, South Africa vs England 3rd Test, SA vs ENG 3rd Test, Johannesburg Test, England tour of South Africa 2020 Ben Stokes will workforce up with Thai racer Alexander Albon in the Red Bull lineup. (File Photo/Reuters)

England cricketer Ben Stokes will take a look at his driving expertise against 5 Formula One drivers, together with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, in the game’s second virtual grand prix this weekend.

The World Cup profitable all-rounder will workforce up with Thai racer Alexander Albon in the Red Bull lineup for his first esports competitors.

McLaren’s Lando Norris and the Williams pairing of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi may even be competing together with retired British grand prix winner and TV pundit Johnny Herbert.

The virtual race is the second in a brand new collection organised by Formula One to present some gentle leisure in the absence of any actual life motion due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Norris and Latifi had been the one present F1 drivers to compete in the primary race.

Formula One’s March 15 Australian season-opener was cancelled, together with May’s Monaco showcase, with six different rounds postponed to date.

The sport hopes to begin a diminished season of 15-18 races from the European summer season, though any timetable stays provisional.

Sunday’s 28 lap race, with the 20 drivers becoming a member of remotely from their houses, shall be staged on a virtual model of Melbourne’s Albert Park on a weekend initially reserved for the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix.

The Hanoi avenue circuit is just not but obtainable on the 2019 official F1 online game.

The first race of the brand new collection was held two weeks in the past on a virtual Bahrain circuit and was gained by Renault’s Chinese take a look at driver Guanyu Zhou.

Stokes is sponsored by Red Bull, who fielded Britain’s six instances biking Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy in the primary race together with Austrian touring automotive driver Philipp Eng.

Russell, who has put in a gaming rig at his mum or dad’s home, mentioned he was wanting ahead to the problem.

“I’ve never been into esports if I’m being honest, because there was so much simulator stuff when I was at Mercedes as test and reserve driver,” he instructed a Sky Sports tv ‘vodcast’.

“They had been loopy lengthy days. And the very last thing I needed to do was come house and bounce on a simulator once more. Now I’m undoubtedly tempted.

“I’m still pretty rubbish at the moment but definitely tempted and I might have a dabble here and there.”

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