F1 Esports Pro Exhibition Race: Can Brendon Leigh continue his return to form? How to watch, start time, confirmed grid, Virtual Dutch GP & more

The F1 esports masters return to show off their skills. Who will take victory this time?

Toby Durant by Toby Durant
David Tonizza

The Virtual Grand Prix Series returns this weekend with the Virtual Dutch GP.

While the F1 stars try to stop Charles Leclerc from making it three wins in a row, the F1 esports stars will be lining up to stop Brendon Leigh from reestablishing himself atop the F1 esports grid.

The F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race returns as the warm-up event for the Virtual Dutch GP, and it promises the most exciting racing of the weekend.

Last time out – China

The last exhibition race in China saw two-time F1 esports champion Brendon Leigh take victory ahead of Frederik Rasmussen to show that rumours of his demise were overstated.

brendon leigh f1 esports
EYES ON THE PRIZE: The two-time champion had a tough 2019 season

It was a hard-fought affair, with David Tonizza and Dani Bereznay also showing their quality.

READ MORE: F1 2020 – Release date, new features & more

As ever though, the margins were minuscule from the front to the back. With the midfield covered by less than 0.1s in qualifying, every race involving these drivers is bound to be a superb spectacle of wheel-to-wheel racing.

Confirmed grid

We have 18 drivers confirmed for the race on Sunday.

TeamDriver ADriver B
Alfa RomeoDani BereznayJames Baldwin
AlphaTauriPatrik HolzmanGraham Carroll
FDA Hublot Esports TeamDavid TonizzaEnzo Bonito
HaasFloris WijersCedric Thome
MclarenTBDTBD
MercedesBrendon LeighBono Huis
Racing PointLucas BlakeleyDani Haddad
Red BullJoni TormalaMarcel Kiefer
RenaultNicholas LonguetFabrizio Donoso
WilliamsAlvaro CarretonMichael Romanidis

Notable by his absence is Rasmussen, but that will open the door for the likes of Nicholas Longuet and Michael Romanidis to move on up.

Those two especially have impressed in recent exhibition races and will be looking to leave their mark on the 2020 F1 Esports championship.

Start time, format, & how to watch

The F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race will start at 5pm BST on Sunday, 3 May.

leclerc virtual gp 1
LEMASTER: Charles Leclerc has bossed the Virtual GP races since he entered

It will consist of a short qualifying session and a 25% race. That should be around 17-18 laps of the Interlagos circuit, which is standing in for the absent Zandvoort circuit this weekend.

The race will be streamed live on Formula 1’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels.

Virtual Dutch GP drivers

The Virtual Dutch GP will follow after the Esports Pro race.

Charles Leclerc is looking to make it three wins in a row but will face stiff competition from George Russell, Alex Albon, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and Alessio Romagnoli among other confirmed drivers.

Toby Durant

a