History is in the making as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact all areas of life across the world. Many businesses are having to take a fresh look at the way in which they approach their business over the next few months in order to remain viable while keeping their staff and customers safe.
It is in this arena of balancing business with safety that the Formula One group has really stepped out of their box and provided us with an entertaining experience. Formula One has defied the stranglehold that the outbreak has had on the sports industry by launching an official series of Virtual Racing tournaments on all race days to keep their fans entertained.
Thank You F1 eSports
The Grand Prix races will run online allowing all participants - viewers and racers - to access the event from home in order to keep racers, gamers and fans safe from the ravages of COVID-19 contamination. The series is currently using Codemaster’s official F1 2019 video game as the competition platform. This virtual Grand Prix series will pit social media and gaming icons against actual F1 racers for your racing entertainment.
Julian Tan, Head of F1 Digital Business Initiatives & eSports said:
“We are very pleased to be able to bring some light relief in the form of the F1 Esports Virtual GP, in these unpredictable times, as we hope to entertain fans missing the regular sporting action. With every major sports league in the world unable to compete, it is a great time to highlight the benefits of esports and the incredible skill that’s on show.”
Sports fans around the world have been starved of sporting events, so this initiative by F1 is ingenious and a sure way to keep Grand Prix fans engaged and happy while the real races are on hold. The series is purely for entertainment value and has no bearing in real-world rankings, so no real World Championship points will be up for grabs.
The first race was undertaken on Sunday 22 March 2020, where racers competed in a 28 lap race of the new Bahrain GP Circuit. The broadcast was made available on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch, where it will continue to be broadcast each week. All cars are standardised to close the gaming skill level gap, but all drivers will compete each week in time trial laps to establish their place on the starting grid come race time.
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