Three events on three consecutive weekends, from 31 January to 14 February. They will be held at the Red Bull Ring, then Silverstone and finally Interlagos. So the Virtual Grand Prix Series is back to keep us entertained, just as it did last year, filling in for races cancelled due to the pandemic. Let’s take a look at what’s new this year:
FORMAT. The biggest change is that the teams’ pro sim racers play a significant role as it is they – in the case of our Esports team, the Finn Joni Tormala and Italy’s Manuel Biancolilla – who will tackle a one-shot qualifying before taking part in a 5 lap sprint race. The outcome of this will determine the grid for the Feature Race run over 50% distance of the real Grand Prix. Driving in this event will be the “real” Formula 1 drivers, both past and present and celebrities. We have opted for a line-up featuring drivers we already entered last year: Vitantonio Liuzzi, who raced for us in Formula 1 in 2006 and 2007 and Luca Salvadori, professional motorcycle racer and an Italian web influencer in the world of cars.
CIRCUITS. It all gets underway on Sunday 31 January with the Virtual Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring. Then on 7 February, it will be the turn of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, followed on 14 February with the grand finale in Brazil at the Interlagos circuit.
CLASSIFICATION. Another big change for the VGP Series this year is the fact that points will be given out for the top ten finishers in every race as in Formula 1. The drivers are not just racing for the glory, because the points will earn some of the 100,000 dollar prize money that is all being given to charity. Both Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports and Red Bull Racing Esports have nominated Wings for Life as their charity, the foundation that supports research into spinal injuries. The prize fund is divided with 20 thousand dollars going to the winning team, 14 for second place and 10 for third. All the other points scorers will also earn money for their charity, with 8000 each going to the fourth to tenth place teams.
HOW TO WATCH THE VIRTUAL GPs. Each event will run for around 90 minutes in total and will be broadcast live on our social channels and also on this page, starting from 19.00 CET on each of the three Sundays, 31 January and 7 and 14 February.