This weekend should have marked the return of the Dutch GP (here you can see the latest news on the real Formula 1 calendar) but instead, on Sunday 3 May, the F1 Virtual GP takes place on the Interlagos track, as chosen by a poll amongst fans. This is because the Zandvoort track doesn’t feature on the 2019 F1 videogame, which is the platform being used for all F1 Esports events.
As you know, the Scuderia AlphaTauri cars are produced in the main factory in Faenza (Italy) but with all the aerodynamic work emanating from our wind tunnel in Bicester (UK.) So for the upcoming race, we are fielding two stars from two sports that, in a way are typical of Italian and English culture: football and cricket.
Alessio Romagnoli is a defender for the Italian national football squad and AC Milan and Stuart Broad is an England international cricketer. Romagnoli, born in 1995 is a central defender renowned for his tactical expertise and is considered to be one of the most talented players of his generation. He is a versatile player, who can also turn to attack, which will certainly come in handy at the braking points on the race track!
Alessio was born in Anzio, near Rome and started playing with the Roma youth team. He has played for Milan since 2015 and is now captain of the “red and blacks.” His international career began with the Under-16 squad, then the U-17, U-19 e U-21, joining the seniors in 2016.
Stuart Broad, MBE is an English cricketer who plays Test cricket for the England cricket team and is a former One Day International and T20 captain. He is the second highest wicket-taker in English test match history and has played over 220 first class matches. Stuart signed his first full professional contract with Leicestershire in 2005 and in 2016, he was appointed MBE for services to cricket.
On Sunday, he will find himself going head to head with another cricketer, as our friends at Red Bull Racing are entering another England international, Ben Stokes, who lines up alongside Alex Albon.
The famous Interlagos track will host 20 drivers on Sunday 3 May, running to what is now the standard format, with half the number of laps of a real GP (28 at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace) preceded by 18 minutes of qualifying. All the cars run identical set-up, with optional driver aids such as ABS and traction control,) with car damage deactivated, although track limits must be observed.
Make sure you watch the action live, by coming to this page starting at 19:00 CEST.