For the obvious reasons, the real cars cannot rush past the homes of the rich and famous in Monaco this year, making it the first time the glamorous race has been cancelled since 1954. All the more reason to enjoy Sunday evening’s virtual battle.
At 3.3 kilometres in length, Monaco is the shortest track on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Quite the opposite in fact! The cars travel at crazy speeds as the road dips and rises, with the cars dealing with road markings and manhole covers on this quintessential street track. There are virtually no run-off areas and the barriers are very close, allowing no margin for error, in reality and in the realistic simulation on the official Formula 1 video game. It’s based on the 2019 season, but here you can watch a preview of a lap of the track using the new 2020 version which Codemasters is releasing in July. Enjoy a hot lap with our number 10 at the wheel of the AT01 on F1 2020:
A driver once said that a lap of Monaco was like riding your bicycle round your living room and you could say that will actually be true this Sunday, as those taking part in the Virtual Grand Prix will do so from home, remotely connected to one another. The event will be broadcast from the GFinity Esports Arena in London. Every driver dreams of winning at Monaco and you can be sure those racing on Sunday will be giving it their best shot, but keep an eye on the walls guys because we all know this race always produces plenty of drama.
A fortnight on from the last race and we have another all-Italian line-up. Our former driver Vitantonio Liuzzi made his esports debut in the last round and got a taste for it, so he’s back for more. Alongside him, another long time friend of ours, motorcycle racer Luca Salvadori, who raced for us in the first two rounds of this Virtual GP Series, as well as many other virtual races. The race format remains unchanged: 18 minutes of qualifying time to establish the grid order and then the lights go out to signal the start of hostilities!
You can follow the race live, here on this page, starting from 19:00 CEST, on Sunday 24 May.