A good number of our staff is now back at work in our facilities in Faenza and Bicester, to prepare for the first few races of the World Championship which restarts in Austria at the Red Bull Ring and we are also getting ready for another electrifying round of the F1 Virtual Grand Prix Series. Some Formula 1 drivers will be joined by celebrities and sports stars to race on the high speed street track of Baku this weekend. For the Virtual Azerbaijan GP we will have two contestants who somehow complement one another. The first is a real attacker, a number 10 both on the pitch where he does not hesitate to go forward and kick the ball and on track. Yes, we are talking about Pierre Gasly.

Azerbaijan Virtual Grand Prix 2020 with Pierre Gasly by Scuderia AlphaTauri


He is finally back home, in France, having been locked down in quarantine in a hotel in Dubai with his personal trainer. Now Pierre is eager to give F1 Esports a go. On Sunday he will be up against many of his usual rivals from the Formula 1 paddock, whom he will see again at the Austrian GP which takes place on 5 July.

Azerbaijan Virtual Grand Prix 2020 with Gianluigi Donnarumma by Scuderia AlphaTauri


Alongside side him, we are fielding a real defender, one of the best players in Italy’s national football team and at AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma. Gigio as he is known by the fans, has set several records as a young player, including being the youngest to make his debut with the national side at the age of 18 years and 31 days and he is also the youngest to have played 100 matches in Serie A, when he was 19 years and 49 days. This is Donnarumma fifth season with Milan and he is a big motor sport fan and for this event he will swap his goalie gloves for driving ones.

The virtual race in Baku takes place on the date of what should have been the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. As usual it will use the F1 2019 Codemasters game. All those taking part will be linked remotely and the event will be shown live from the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.

You can watch the Virtual Baku Grand Prix live on this page on live streaming starting at 19:00 CEST.