As lockdown starts to ease, we’ll surely see the end of virtual events such as the online F1 races we’ve all been enjoying. But until the first of the confirmed eight races of the 2020 F1 season starts in Austria on 5 July, drivers and celebs will continue to race virtually using the official F1 2019 game.
This weekend sees the action move continent for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal. And George Russell will be looking for a fourth win, following his trio of victories.
Look at the size of that sumptuous W 🤤 Can anyone catch @WilliamsRacing in the final #VirtualGP on Sunday? #RaceAtHome pic.twitter.com/3rPstR0JhY— Formula 1 (@F1) June 8, 2020
When is the next F1 Virtual Grand Prix on?
- Sunday, 14 June
- 6pm UK (BST); 5pm UTC
The event will last around 90 minutes including 18 minutes of qualifying session followed by a half-length race (35 laps).
The F2 Virtual Racing and F1 Esports Pro Exhibition races will be shown before the main event at 4pm and 5pm respectively, in which pro esports racers will show how it’s supposed to be done.
Which F1 drivers are racing in Canada?
This weekend at least five of the current drivers will race including:
- George Russell
- Alex Albon
- Valtteri Bottas
- Nicholas Latifi
- Pierre Gasly
- Nic Hamilton (BTCC driver and brother of Lewis)
- Guanyu Zhou (F2 driver)
- David Schumacher
- Pietro Fittipaldi
- Louis Deletraz
- Callum Ilott
- Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro frontman)
- Jon Olsson
- Tiametmarduk (F1 YouTuber)
- Aarava (F1 Youtuber)
It’s unlikely we’ll see any of the F1 drivers who haven’t yet taken part, as they’ll be concentrating on the start of the season.
Drivers have identical cars (so no performance variations) and are allowed to enable ABS and traction control if they want to – a concession for those less familiar with the game.
How do I watch the virtual F1 races online?
The races are streamed live on the F1.com website as well as on the official YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.
It is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix, plus on other partners around the world.
It’s hosted by the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, with drivers joining remotely.
- Have a go yourself: Get F1 2019 on Steam
For more details about the real championship, read our separate guide on how to watch F1 races.