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FDA Hublot Esports Team Ready for Virtual Spanish GP Challenge

FDA Hublot Esports Team at the Virtual Spanish GP with Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, David Tonizza and Enzo Bonito

Ferrari will tackle the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the “We Race On” initiative launched by Formula 1 just over a month ago, with a four-driver line-up. Joining the usual trio of Charles Leclerc, David Tonizza and Enzo Bonito will be Antonio Fuoco, the 23-year-old former student and now coach at the FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy). The “We Race On” programme consists of computer game versions of the actual Formula 1 Grands Prix on the dates they should have taken place on this season, until the pandemic made that no longer possible. This Sunday’s race therefore takes place against the backdrop of the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Previous races. The first event was the Bahrain GP held on 22 March, which was followed on 5 April by the Virtual Vietnam GP (staged on the Melbourne track) and then on 19 April by the Virtual Chinese GP, with these last two both won by Charles Leclerc. Last weekend, the Virtual Dutch GP was run on Brazil’s Interlagos circuit, with Leclerc finishing once again on the podium, in third. This Sunday follows the now established format of two races, one for the professional sim racers and one for real drivers and other personalities from the world of sport and show. 

Programme. Getting things underway on Sunday 10 May at 18 CET will be the Pro Exhibition Race over 17 laps in which David Tonizza and Enzo Bonito will be in the FDA Hublot Esports Team cars. They will be aiming for the podium on the Montmelo track, which they both know pretty well, even though it did not feature on last year’s F1 Esports Series. At 19 CET, it will be time for the celebrities to battle and flying the FDA Hublot Esports Team colours will be Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc as well as former FDA student, Antonio Fuoco, who is an FDA coach and last season also competed in GT races at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3. The line-up marks the return of the duo that dominated the 2017 FIA Formula 2 championship with the Prema Powerteam, taking eight wins overall and the title with Charles. As usual, in this 33 lap race, to account for the fact some drivers are not so familiar with this game platform, the cars will have identical set-up and performance levels, with a limit on the damage the cars can sustain. The racing can be see online on the Formula 1 YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels, as well as the Ferrari and FDAFans Facebook channel.

Football Superstars also join the race

Formula 1 meets football. Virtual Grand Prix mainstays Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc will be joined by football stars Sergio Aguero, Thibaut Courtois and Arthur Melo for this weekend’s race in Spain.

Agüero, a four-time Premier League winner with Manchester City, will race for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing alongside Alex Albon, who won his first Virtual Grand Prix last weekend at Interlagos.

The Argentina forward will be in good company, with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returning for his second Virtual Grand Prix, this time for Alfa Romeo. FC Barcelona’s Arthur Melo also joins, partnering test and reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi in representing the Haas F1 Team. Golfing icon Ian Poulter will make his third appearance for Renault, alongside Renault Academy star and F3 driver Max Fewtrell.

Sunday’s race will fall on the weekend originally scheduled for the Spanish Grand Prix and will take place at the virtual version of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on F1 2019, the official videogame developed by Codemasters. Drivers will join the race remotely, with a host broadcast live from the Gfinity Esports Arena from 17:00 UTC on Sunday May 10.

STREAM TIME

As last week, it’s a triple-threat of races, with F2 Virtual Racing kicking things off from 15:00 UTC. The F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race will then take place from 16:00 UTC, followed by the Virtual Grand Prix.

F2 and the Pro Exhibition will be available to view on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels, as well as with selected TV broadcasters. Keep an eye out on social media for more driver announcements in the run-up to the events!

*Special thanks to f1esports

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