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Giovinazzi, Button join virtual Grand Prix field

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Former world champion Jenson Button and current Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi are the latest drivers to sign up for Formula 1’s virtual Vietnamese Grand Prix this weekend, joining five other current drivers on the grid.

Having already announced Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi for this weekend’s second race in the “F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series”, the race roster has now been provided an additional boost with the addition of two more legitimate F1 drivers.

Using the sport’s official F1 2019 game as the platform of choice, the first e-race two weeks ago was ultimately a poor facsimile for the real thing, with only two current drivers opting to take part.

As a result the grid was filled with several celebrities with little-to-no racing experience, and while that will continue again here — cricketer Ben Stokes will be among those taking part — six current drivers plus the 2009 world champ represents a significant upgrade.

In any case, the race — which will be run on Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit — is set to be broadcast on YouTube from 7:00pm UTC this Sunday, April 5.


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Paul Velasco

Paul Velasco