F1 Drivers Come Up with a Unique Solution to Keep on Racing Amid Cancellation of Races

Published 03/14/2020, 4:48 AM EDT


F1 was all set to kick off the 2020 Formula One season with the opening race in Australia. Unfortunately, a gigantic spanner called the coronavirus, ruined everything. The pandemic claimed one McLaren employee, resulting in the team pulling out as a precaution.

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Soon after the withdrawal, F1 announced the Australian GP’s postponement. A couple of other races also received the same treatment, namely Bahrain and Vietnam. To fill out the void, a few of the F1 drivers decided to exercise their racing muscles and provide some entertainment.

The Veloce Esports team will be hosting an event. on YouTube and Twitch, called ‘Not the Australian GP’. Former F1 driver and defending Formula E champion, Jean-Eric Vergne took to Instagram for the announcement.

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‼️News ‼️ #NotTheAUSGP Following the cancellation of multiple races across a range of championships, I believe it is our duty at @veloce_esports to continue the racing we all love to see over the next few months. With our platform and the fact that everyone can race from home, while we wait for the coronavirus to be brought under control, we see a huge opportunity to assemble all racing drivers and pro esports drivers to compete against each other. This will provide amazing new racing that racers and fans will love to watch! The race will be broadcast LIVE, on both YouTube.com/veloce_esports and twitch.tv/veloce_esports , go follow @veloce_esports and subscribe so you don’t miss it! #VeloceESports #F1

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He said, “Following the cancellation of multiple races across a range of championships, I believe it is our duty at Veloce Esports to continue the racing we all love to see over the next few months. With our platform and the fact that everyone can race from home. While we wait for the coronavirus to be brought under control. We see a huge opportunity to assemble all racing drivers and pro esports drivers to compete against each other. This will provide amazing new racing that racers and fans will love to watch!”

“The race will be broadcast LIVE, on both YouTube.com/veloce_esports and twitch.tv/veloce_esports , go follow Veloce Esports and subscribe so you don’t miss it!”

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The F1 eRace boasts of a star-studded line-up

This event pits F1 gamers against real F1 drivers on the Formula One game. The line-up includes McLaren driver Lando Norris, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and Vergne himself. The French Formula E driver even had an interesting suggestion to alleviate the boredom of waiting for 2 months to get back to racing.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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