F1 Virtual Grand Prix: Start time, live stream, TV channel, driver line-up

The F1 Virtual Grand Prix series returns this weekend following the success of the opening three instalments. Charles Leclerc was victorious in the previous two races and the Ferrari star is back among the driver line-up.

Leclerc is one of five current F1 drivers confirmed for the event and they will be joined by England cricket duo Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad.

Other confirmed guests include AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and Norwegian rally champion Petter Solberg.

The Virtual Grand Prix series was set up to keep fans entertained amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with this weekend’s race taking place at Brazil’s Interlagos Circuit on the official F1 2019 video game.

Drivers will join the event remotely, with a host broadcast live from the Gfinity Esports Arena.

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“The last race was a great experience to understand what F1 racing is really about and I really enjoyed it,” said cricketer Stokes.

“This time around I have been doing a few more Grand Prix around the track, sticking to the regulations to get used to what it’s going to be like come race day.

“I’m not saying I’m going to be any closer to the other drivers.

“But I have practised a lot better and hopefully given myself a better chance.”


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What time does the Virtual Grand Prix start?

The Esports event is scheduled to get underway at 6pm BST on Sunday (April 19).

How can I watch the Virtual Grand Prix?

Sky Sports will be screening live coverage of the race on its F1 channel.

But there are also several ways for fans to stream the Esports action.

The race will be broadcast live on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels, plus F1.com.

Additional streaming is available via Sky Sports’ F1 YouTube channel, while existing Sky Sports customers can also use the Sky Go app.

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Virtual Grand Prix driver line-up so far

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Alex Albon, Red Bull

Ben Stokes, Red Bull

Christian Lundgaard, Renault

Petter Solberg, Renault

Stuart Broad, Toro Rosso

Alessio Romagnoli, TBC

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo

George Russell, Williams

Nicholas Latifi, Williams

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