LONDON, England – Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and McLaren driver Lando Norris are reported to have plans to race in a CV19-free virtual world on Sunday seeing as how the 2020 season-opening Australian GP.
Norris, whose McLaren team pulled out of the Melbourne race weekend before it was cancelled after a team member tested positive for the virus, will be competing against a field of top gamers. Verstappen usually drives for Red Bull.
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The ‘Not the Aus GP’ organised by Veloce eSports will be live on YouTube from 17.45 GMT (19.45 SA time).
Norris, 20, told Reuters: “Racing in Australia but not actually in Australia.” Verstappen, a regular virtual racer alongside Norris, is join other top-line real racing drivers in an ‘All Star eSports battle’ on http://www.the-race.com YouTube channel.
Other virtual competitors will be Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and former F1 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello, as well as their respective sons, and double F1 eSports champion Brendon Leigh.