Virtual Chinese GP Confirmed Drivers: 7th F1 driver added - Thibaut Courtois, Ian Poulter, complete grid & more

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The Virtual Grand Prix Series is bringing racing action to fans while Formula 1 itself is on the sidelines.

Today will see the virtual paddock head to China to take on the exciting Shanghai International Circuit along with a new F1 driver.

After the success of the races in Bahrain and Australia, who will be signing up for the 20 spots on the grid this weekend?

Let's take a look at the confirmed drivers so far!


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Confirmed F1 drivers so far

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ALL ACTION: The racing has been spectacular in the Virtual GPs

From two F1 drivers at the Virtual Bahrain GP to six at the Virtual Vietnam GP, the current grid of Formula 1 drivers have been growing more and more interested in esports and virtual racing. So who is signed up for this weekends race?

READ MORE: F1 2019: Chinese Grand Prix Setup Guide

There will be six current F1 drivers racing this Sunday. Charles Leclerc returns to defend his victory in the last race, along with Alex Albon, Lando Norris, Nicholas Latifi, George Russell, and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Louis Deletraz & Pietro Fittipaldi

The Swiss racing driver currently competing in Formula 2 for Charouz will make an appearance later today - alongside Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi!

Stoffel Vandoorne & Esteban Gutierrez


Vandoorne, the Belgium driver who is currently a test driver for the Mercedes team, will be joining the action this evening. Driver Esteban Gutierrez is looking to get in on the action too!

Ciro Immobile & Liam Lawson are in

Good news for Alpha Tauri F1 as Ciro Immobile & Liam Lawson are confirmed to take part in the race.

Fans are sure to excited about what this pair can do this weekend.

Ian Poulter & Guanyu Zhou confirmed

The Renault F1 Team will be happy to have the pair back and in the driving seat.

Ian Poulter has had some tricky driving moments in the last few weeks, but let's hope he's going to pull it out of the bag this Sunday - and with Inaugural VirtualGP winner Guanyu Zhou, things are looking good.


Carlos Sainz joins the grid

McLaren will have both of their F1 drivers in the Virtual Chinese GP as Carlos Sainz joins Lando Norris.

The McLaren driver picked up his first F1 podium last season in Brazil and will be looking to impress on Sunday.

Jimmy Broadbent & Anthony Davidson confirmed

Jimmy Broadbent and Anthony Davidson will be joining the grid, driving for the Racing Point team.

Eyes will be on the two as they come up against the other racers on Sunday.

F2 driver added

Juan Manuel Correa, current F2 driver and member of the Sauber Junior Team, will be lining up on Sunday.


He will take the second seat in the Alfa Romeo team and is a new driver to the Virtual GP series.

Celebrity racers

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POTM TO F1 DRIVER: Courtois is in the Virtual GP!

Every Virtual GP so far has had some celebrities. In Bahrain we saw Sir Chris Hoy and One Direction's Liam Payne on track, and in the Virtual Vietnam GP England cricket hero Ben Stokes joined in the fun. So who have we got this time?

READ MORE: F1 2019: Chinese Grand Prix Track Guide

Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be competing alongside Alex Albon for Red Bull.

In a statement Courtois said; "I am really happy to be racing this Sunday in the Virtual GP alongside Alex Albon for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and to be part of the Red Bull Esports family. They’ve shared some tips with me and helped me train over the last few weeks so I’m now really looking forward to the race." He's looking to get in the points after putting a lot of time into F1 2019!

Complete confirmed grid

Team Driver A Driver B
MercedesStoffel VandoorneEsteban Gutierrez
FDA Hublot Esports TeamCharles LeclercCallum Ilott
Red BullAlex AlbonThibaut Courtois
McLarenLando NorrisCarlos Sainz
Racing PointJimmy BroadbentAnthony Davidson
RenaultIan PoulterGuanyu Zhou
HaasLouis DeletrazPietro Fittipaldi
Alpha TauriCiro ImmobileLiam Lawson
Alfa RomeoAntonio GiovinazziJuan Manuel Correa
WilliamsGeorge RussellNicholas Latifi

F1 2020 release date

There had been a lot of worries over the silence from Codemasters, but they are now screaming from the rooftops.

F1 2020 will arrive on 10 July.

With it will come several cool new features, including My Team. This new game mode will put you in the Team Principal seat as well as the cockpit as you build team facilities, pick engine suppliers and sponsors, and lead an 11th team on the F1 grid.