Due to the recent virus threat, many major events and launches are being cancelled and postponed. Formula 1 2020 season now joins the list after announcing postponement until further notice. However, few racing game networks are using their video games to replace the planned launches like the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula 1, NASCAR, and Marble race are the common substitutes for race lovers to enjoy while they stay indoors. Current and former drivers gathered with musicians on March 22 for a virtual Bahrain Grand Prix. With the launch of Formula 1 season moved to June, or maybe later due to the COVID-19 issue, the FIA kick off a sequence of digital Grand Prix. The FIA join forces with their official game partners to begin this plan.
With the Codemasters’ Formula 1 PC edition being available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, some of the world’s best drivers lined up for a virtual Bahrain Grand Prix. The 1 hour 30 minutes race was broadcasted live through Formula 1’s official streaming media sites; Twitch, Youtube, and Facebook.
McLaren’s Lando Norris, Williams’ Nicholas Lafiti, and Renault test driver Guanyu Zhao gathered along with former FIA pros Nico Hulkenberg, Johnny Herbert, Esteban Gutierrez, and Phillip Eng. Furthermore, they were accompanied by famous golfer Ian Poulter, cyclist Chris Hoy, including famous pop artist Liam Payne. Motorsports lovers and gamers will have the opportunity to compete against their favorite F1 drivers in the nearest future.
However, other prestigious motor racing events are being transformed into the virtual platform.
The Race All-Star Esports Battle
Following the delay of the Australian GP, F1 legendary racers Max Verstappen and Juan Pablo Montoya are among the two drivers who participated in the Race All-Star Esports Battle. The well-established computer game rFactor 2 takes place with more key features being another option for motorsports fans besides Formula 1.
Elsewhere, another famous simulator racing game iRacing proves to be a virtual replacement of the season’s Homestead Miami competition. FOX carried the virtual Nascar race on March 22, while broadcast collaborators launched the F1 2019 event.
Jelle’s Marble Run
Finally, the trending game on the social network is now available on the gaming platform. This game gained an overwhelming response in 2016, following the Summer Olympic Games. Jelle’s Marble Run is a creation of Dutch brothers Jelle and Dion Bakker with commentary by motorsports fan Greg Woods. The game sees its progress to MarbleLympics, debuting in February 2020.