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Leclerc brothers ready as Formula 1 stars line up for Virtual Monaco GP

FDA Hublot Esports Team field the Leclerc brothers in Virtual Monaco GP

On the same date on which Ferrari took part in its first ever F1 Grand Prix back in 1950, the FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy) Hublot Esports Team reveals its line up for Sunday’s Virtual Monaco GP, featuring the quickest racers to come from the Principality, namely Charles and Arthur Leclerc. The two brothers have already raced together in the Vietnam GP, run on the Melbourne track, the first of these events taking place because of the pandemic. They will join forces with the regular FDA Hublot Esports Team drivers David Tonizza and Enzo Bonito who as usual will race in the Pro Exhibition Race, which gets Sunday’s programme underway.

Always on the podium. The Monaco Virtual GP is the sixth round of the “We Race On” project launched by Formula 1 around two months ago, to run Esports races on the dates when the original Grands Prix should have taken place. Charles has taken part in four rounds and has always finished on the podium. He actually won in Vietnam and China and was third in the Dutch race, in fact run on Brazil’s Interlagos track, and then second in the last round at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. So far, Arthur has only taken part in the Vietnam event, finishing fourth but he has shone in the virtual FIA Formula 2 series, winning two races in Bahrain although he was unlucky in Spain, retiring in one race and then fighting his way up from last to fifth in the other.

Programme. Getting things underway on Sunday 24 May at 18 CET will be the Pro Exhibition Race over 20 laps, with David Tonizza and Enzo Bonito at the wheel of the FDA Hublot Esports cars. Then, at 19 CET, it will be time for the real drivers and celebrities to do battle, including the Leclerc brothers, this time over 39 laps. As usual, given several drivers are unfamiliar with the game platform, the cars have identical set-up and performance and a limit to how much damage the cars can sustain. The event can be seen on Formula 1 YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels, as well Ferrari and FDAFans Facebook channels.

Eight Formula 1 Stars Line Up For Virtual Monaco Grand Prix!

Two fresh faces from the world of F1 confirm their participation in the latest digital clash of heroes. Both Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas will take the start this weekend’s Virtual Monaco Grand Prix! They line up alongside six other F1 drivers and Virtual Grand Prix mainstays; Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

The Elite line up will also be joined by Arsenal’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will race alongside Lando Norris for McLaren. Belgian international Goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois also returns for Alfa Romeo following his 11th place finish in the Virtual Spanish GP.

Elsewhere on the grid, Alex Albon – who was victorious at the Interlagos Circuit – will be partnered by big-wave surfer Kai Lenny for Red Bull Racing. Luis Fonsi, singer of 2017 hit Despacito, also makes his Virtual Grand Prix debut for Racing Point.

With five races in the books, we’ve seen four different winners take the top spot: Guanyu Zhou, Albon, Russell, and Leclerc, who is the only driver to have taken two victories. Whether or not the home field advantage of Monte Carlo pays of, remains to be seen…

STREAM TIME

As before, the evening of racing will kick off with Formula 2 Virtual Racing, where the stars of the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships will battle it our around the same track, starting from 15:00 UTC. The F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race comes an hour later, with the Virtual Monaco Grand Prix getting under way from 17:00 UTC.

We’ll be like on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and with selected broadcast partners on TV. Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements as the grid lines up for what’s sure to be an enthralling spectacle on Sunday!

*Thanks to F1esports.com

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