Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix: How to watch, format, who is racing, stream, F1 drivers, celebrity racers & more

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After a week off to recover from the chaos of Monaco, the Virtual GP returns!

Formula 1 now has a firm date to return, and F1 2020 is just around the corner, but that won't stop F1 drivers and celebrities from battling it out around the virtual streets of Baku!


Baku mayhem

The street circuit of Baku never fails to deliver chaotic and enthralling racing. From the tight castle section to the 90-degree turns and long flat-out blast of the back straight, it's a circuit purpose-built to entertain.

In F1's short history we've seen multiple cars lose wheels into the castle section, a safety car collision between Sebastian Vettel & Lewis Hamilton, and a pair of raging bulls.

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It is sure to be a race that tests the F1 drivers as well as their celebrity counterparts.

F1 drivers

But which F1 drivers will be racing? Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, George Russell, and Alex Albon, Nicholas Latifi, and Antonio Giovinazzi are all jumping in their virtual cars to race again.


Unfortunately, Valtteri Bottas will not be back in action after a strong showing in Monaco.

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Pierre Gasly has returned to Europe and so will be taking part in the race. As will Racing Point's Sergio Perez.

Celebrity racers

We've seen everyone from Sir Chris Hoy to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang take part in the Virtual Grand Prix Series.

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With elite sport starting to return around Europe it might have been tricky to get some stars on board, but no.

Aymeric Laporte, Thibaut Courtois, and Gianluigi Donnarumma will all be in action!

Complete grid

Here's the full driver lineup for the Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix:

Team Driver A Driver B
Alfa RomeoAntonio GiovinazziThibaut Courtois
AlphaTauriPierre GaslyGianluigi Donnarumma
FDA Hublot Esports TeamCharles LeclercEnzo Fittipaldi
HaasPietro FittipaldiLouis Deletraz
McLarenLando NorrisBen Daly
MercedesEsteban GutierrezAnthony Davidson
Racing PointSergio PerezJimmy Broadbent
Red BullAlex AlbonMattias Walkner
RenaultOscar PiastriAymeric Laporte
WilliamsGeorge RussellNicholas Latifi

How to watch & Format

The Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place on 6pm BST on Sunday 7 June.


It will be streamed live on Formula 1's official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels.

Sky Sports in the UK, ESPN in the US, and FOX Sports Asia in the far east expected to broadcast the race. However, those aren't confirmed yet.

There will be an 18-minute qualifying period followed by a 50% distance race.

F2 & Esports Exhibition race

As ever, there will be two support races for the Virtual Azerbaijan GP.

The Formula 2 race will kick-off at 4pm BST, and the F1 esports pros will be at 5pm BST. Both races will be streamed live on Formula 1's official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels.

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