Virtual Dutch GP Confirmed grid: Leclerc, Schumacher, Petter Solberg, Lando Norris, Jelle van Vucht, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Alessio Romagnoli, how to watch
The Virtual GP returns with a long list of star names. Who can stop Leclerc making it three in a row?
As the Zandvoort circuit is not in the F1 2019 game the race will take place at the Interlagos track in Brazil – which won a fan vote to host the race.
As the coronavirus delays continue, F1 drivers and fans have embraced the virtual racing world, with more and more celebrities wanting to get involved.
So who is racing this week?
Can anyone stop Charles Leclerc?
The young Monegasque driver has bossed the Virtual GP field with pole and the win in both the Vietnam and Chinese GPs.
Lining up to try and stop him will be the usual suspects.
Alex Albon, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, and Antonio Giovinazzi are all taking aim at the Ferrari driver, but can anyone beat him?
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Albon took a competitive second-place last time out in China, while George Russell has been extremely lively in the races and will be trying to chase down his old F2 rival.
A Schumacher will be in an F1 event…
David Schumacher, son of Ralf and nephew to Michael, who competed in Formula 3 last year will be racing on Sunday in the Racing Point team.
This will stir more than a few emotions for F1 fans.
WRC Champ joins the field
The 2003 WRC Champion & two-time World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg is joining the grid!
He will be racing for Renault alongside Christian Lundgaard, who impressed in the Virtual Vietnam GP!
Ben Stokes & Stuart Broad join the grid
English cricket will be represented by two heroes in Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad.
Stokes returns for his second race after a promising display around the Albert Park circuit during the Virtual Vietnam GP.
“The last race was a great experience to understand what F1 racing is really about and I really enjoyed it” commented Ben.
“This time around I have been doing a few more Grand Prix around the track, sticking to the regulations to get used to what it’s going to be like come race day. I’m not saying I’m going to be any closer to the other drivers but I have practiced a lot better and hopefully given myself a better chance.”
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Joining Stokes is bowler Stuart Broad, who will be jumping in the Alpha Tauri car for his first taste of the Virtual GP.
Alessio Romagnoli to race
AC Milan captain and star defender Alessio Romagnoli will also be getting his feet wet in the Virtual Dutch GP.
Following on from Thibaut Courtois & Ciro Immobile’s appearances last time out, he will be trying to secure a point for the footballers this week.
McLaren drivers confirmed
Influencer Jelle van Vucht, better know as ‘Jelly’ will be partnering up with Lando Norris for McLaren.
Confirmed grid so far
Here are the drivers that we know so far.
|Team||Driver A||Driver B|
|Mercedes||Stoffel Vandoorne||Esteban Gutierrez|
|FDA Hublot Esports Team||Charles Leclerc||Enzo Fittipaldi|
|Red Bull Racing||Alex Albon||Ben Stokes|
|Mclaren||Lando Norris||Jelle van Vucht|
|Renault||Christian Lundgaard||Petter Solberg|
|Racing Point||David Schumacher||Jimmy Broadbent|
|Haas||Louis Deletraz||Pietro Fittipaldi|
|Alpha Tauri||Stuart Broad||Alessio Romagnoli|
|Alfa Romeo||Antonio Giovinazzi||Juan Manuel Correa|
|Williams||George Russell||Nicholas Latifi|
How to watch
The Virtual Dutch GP will start at 6pm BST on Sunday, 3 May.
It will be streamed on Formula 1’s official YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels.
It will also be broadcast live with international broadcast partners in over 100 countries including in the UK on Sky Sports, in the US on ESPN, and FOX Sports Asia across Southeast Asia.
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The F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race will precede the Virtual Grand Prix – and is set to begin at 5pm BST.
The broadcast will be available on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels as well as selected TV broadcasters and is expected to run for 1 hour.