The Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 is set to go ahead tonight (March 22) – virtually.
Instead of the planned race at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, drivers will be lining up on the track inside the official F1 2019 PC video game.
You’ll be able to watch the race, which is half the usual length and should take an hour and a half, on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.
Because the drivers have different levels of gaming skills, the settings will be configured to make sure the race is still competitive and entertaining.
This includes running equal car performance, reduced vehicle damage, and optional anti-lock brakes and traction control for those less familiar with the game.
The virtual Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off tonight at 11pm (AST).
Every subsequent race weekend will see the postponed real-world Formula 1 race replaced with a Virtual Grand Prix until May, but this may be extended.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, due to take place between March 19 and March 22, was postponed last weekend.
Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and 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.”