Ben Stokes to take part in F1 Esports Virtual GP Series for second time
England cricket star and Red Bull athlete Ben Stokes returns to the Team to partner Alex Albon for the fourth round of the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series this Sunday.
England allrounder Ben Stokes will join team Red Bull for the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series this Sunday 3 May.
Stokes will team with Red Bull driver Alex Albon for the second time, after making his Esports debut the Virtual Vietnamese GP in April.
Ben Stokes looking for redemption
“England cricket star and Red Bull athlete Ben Stokes returns to the Team to partner Alex [Albon] for the fourth round of the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series this Sunday,” a Red Bull Racing release reads.
The race will take place on the virtual version of Brazil’s Interlagos track as the Zandvoort Circuit doesn’t feature on the 2019 F1 game used for the series.
Formula 1 drivers have used the series to stay sharp while they are unable to compete.
Stokes was able to keep pace with the field that includes top Esports professionals alongside Formula 1 drivers, but a spin prevented him from making a mark on his debut.
“The last race was a great experience to understand what F1 racing is really about and I really enjoyed it” commented Stokes.
“This time around, I have been doing a few more Grand Prix around the track, sticking to the regulations to get used to what it’s going to be like come race day. I’m not saying I’m going to be any closer to the other drivers, but I have practised a lot better and hopefully given myself a better chance.”
Red Bull Racing’s Albon returns to his rig after claiming second place at the Virtual China Grand Prix last time out. The 24-year-old Thai racer will look to go one better this Sunday at a track he knows all too well following last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Charles Le Clerc is searching for his third win in a row in the series and is among five confirmed F1 drivers in the field. Joining Le Clerc are George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi and Albon.
Esports grateful for the boost
F1’s head of Esports, Julian Tan, said they are delighted that so many fans are watching and engaging with the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix.
You can follow all the action live on the Red Bull Racing Facebook page with the Virtual GP getting underway at 19:00 SAST.
The Red Bull Racing Esports Team will also be out to put on a show with Joni Törmälä and Marcel Kiefer competing in the F1 Esports Pro Exhibition Race at 18:00 SAST.
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