Taking part will be some actual Formula 1 drivers and famous names from other sports. We will be fielding a very strong team, starting with Italian football star, Ciro Immobile, one of the best attacking players in the world, who just happens to be a big motor racing fan. Joining him will be a rising star from the Red Bull Junior Team, New Zealander Liam Lawson.

Ciro Immobile China Virtual Grand Prix driver of the Scuderia AlphaTauri
Credit: sslazio.it – Marco Rosi (Fotonotizie)

Ciro Immobile plays for S.S. Lazio and the Italian national team and is one of the best forwards in the game. He is currently the top goal scorer in Serie A, with 27 goals from 26 games in the 2019/2020 Championship. It’s Ciro’s fourth season with Lazio, having previous played for Juventus and Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. Explosive, fast and ruthless in front of goal, he can shoot with both feet, although he favours the right, qualities which along with his forward’s instincts should serve him well in this Virtual Chinese GP.

Our friends over at Red Bull Racing have also put a footballer behind the wheel, in their case, it’s Real Madrid and Belgian international goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, so it will be fun to see how the two stars of the pitch perform against each other on the race track. Courtois is teamed up with regular F1 driver Alex Albon.


Liam Lawson China Virtual Grand Prix driver of the Scuderia AlphaTauri
Credit: Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

As for Liam Lawson, he is 18 years old and comes from Pukekohe, coincidentally home to our Team Manager Graham Watson. The Red Bull Junior driver is in his second season of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with a winning past in Formula First, Formula Ford, Formula 4, Formula 3 Asia and the Toyota Racing Series.

On the date of what would have been the real Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Virtual Series will, as usual, use the F1 2019 game produced by Codemasters. The event will be broadcast from a deserted Gfinity Arena in London, as all the participants are joining the game remotely, from home. The race starts at 19h00 (CEST) and you can watch it live streamed here on this page.

The format is the same as the two previous rounds, with short qualifying sessions to decide the grid followed by a race over 28 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Chinese track. All the cars have the same performance level and set-up and to help those competitors who are less familiar with this activity, the cars have assisted braking and traction control.