Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois takes part in virtual Formula 1 Grand Prix

Formula 1 is holding Virtual Grand Prix's in place of postponed races

These F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix will also be broadcast live with global broadcast partners, including Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Mix in the UK.

Formula 1 remain optimistic of holding a 15-18 race season in 2020 starting in the summer, according to its chairman Chase Carey.

So as La Liga's footballers finish up a weekend of Federation Internationale de Football Association 20, the organisers of Formula 1 have announced the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, which will see "a number of current F1 drivers" playing Codemasters' official F1 2019 game on PC and having it broadcast worldwide.

John Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Gfinity said: "We are excited to be involved in the delivery of the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series". The season-opening Australian and showcase Monaco Grands Prix have been cancelled along with the races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain.

Racers past and present were joined by eSports stars and celebrities for the event but it was the current crop of drivers who came out on top.

And if the start of yesterday's race is anything to go by, it's absolute mayhem for a couple of drivers who seem to need a little more time with those controls.

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"The broadcast will be available on the official Formula One YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels and is expected to run for 90 minutes with qualifying to set the grid positions". Due to different gaming skills, there will be equal auto performance with fixed settings and reduced vehicle damage.

"With every major sports league in the world unable to compete, it is a great time to highlight the benefits of esports and the incredible skill that's on show".

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is filling the sporting void caused by the coronavirus pandemic by taking part in a Formula 1 Virtual Racing Series.

F1's Virtual Bahrain GP was not short of drama.

Last week F1 also announced it had brought forward the summer shutdown to cover March/April, freeing up August to run races should the season be underway by then.

Veloce Esports are also running a "Not the Bah GP" at 1800GMT on Sunday after an initial "Not the Aus GP" with McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris last weekend.

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