For Event 1, getting behind the wheel of the Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports Team’s AT02 will be Finland’s Joni Tormala and new arrival, Englishman Sebastian Job. We got to know Joni last year and we learned to appreciate his dedication and to value some great results. Sebastian comes from GT esports racing, winning the prestigious iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring and taking the title in the Porsche Esports Supercup. This year he takes a big step to the premier category of virtual open-wheeler motor racing, aiming to do well with us. Supporting both of them for this event, in the role of race engineer, is Italy’s Dario Iemmulo, a first class sim racer who has made a name for himself in the Pro Rank with some great results this year.

In the three races of this first round, the drivers will tackle all the usual stages of a race weekend, from free practice to qualifying to the Grand Prix itself, run over 35% of the distance of the actual race. The software platform is Codemasters’ F1 2021, Formula 1’s official video game. In preparation, our drivers have been training hard for weeks now, as they know they are up against tough opponents and will need a perfect set-up and a good race strategy. Car performance is actually the same for all competitors.

Put these details in your diary: tomorrow, Wednesday 13 October sees the first race, the Bahrain GP, run on the Sakhir track, followed immediately by the Chinese GP at Shanghai, a venue the real Formula 1 has had to miss these past two years because of the global pandemic. Then, on Thursday 14 October, it’s time for the Austrian GP at Spielberg. All the events will be streamed starting at 19.30 BST (20.30 CEST) and you can also tune in to all the excitement on our Facebook page!