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F1 can make up new 2020 calendar without formal approval of teams

Codemasters provides a bit of game-tech info about the race setups.

To combat scheduling issues in the second half of the year, F1 has already agreed to bring the usual summer shutdown forward to March and April, freeing up three weekends in August when additional events can be held.

What's next for F1's Virtual Grand Prix Series?

As announced on the official Formula 1 blog (thanks to Kotaku for spotting it!), the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series is set to allow fans to keep watching races while the actual races are postponed.

The announcement came via F1's official website (thanks, Kotaku), where the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series was revealed.

There was less success for the non-racing fraternity as Ryder Cup-winning golfer Ian Poulter could only finish 15th for Renault, with Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy a place further back.

Interestingly, because some drivers are pretty good behind a virtual wheel and others aren't, the competition will "be configured in such a way to encourage competitive and entertaining racing", which is a gentle way of leading into the fact rubbish drivers will be given advantages like "reduced vehicle damage, and optional anti-lock brakes and traction control for those less familiar with the game". But in a somewhat surprising move, the races will still be going ahead - but via Codemasters' official F1 game instead, rather than in the real-world settings across the globe.

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

Former F1 drivers Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson were also taking part, alongside several YouTube personalities, with the race shown live on British broadcaster Sky and across several gaming platforms.

This rescheduling has also affected the supporting Formula Regional European Championship event at the same venue, which has also rescheduled their round for the same weekend. At the time of publishing, there have been 292,142 cases and 12,784 deaths confirmed globally. If you start feeling worse, seek medical advice as soon as possible.

It's important to note that this virus does not discriminate in who it infects. Be smart and stay at home.

Sporting events around the world have been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.



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