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Formula 1 races take place virtually through corona pandemic

One sporting event after another is canceled by the coronavirus. Sin, but not all hope is lost. Formula 1, for example, is still kept normal – only or virtually in the game F1 2019.

At least the official Formula 1 races have been canceled for the coming weeks, as have many other races and sporting events. To accommodate the fans of motorsport, the organizer of the F1 has set up a virtual e-sports event . Each race weekend, a different digital race is driven. That happens with the PC game F1 2019. The first virtual grand prix will take place this weekend at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. The race with 28 laps is only half as long as the real race. The broadcast lasts an hour and a half. The organization does not say exactly which drivers will participate in the virtual race, but there is talk about ‘current F1 drivers’. In addition to the drivers, there will also be official presenters who will talk to each other about the race.

Because the drivers are not all equally good at the game, the game settings are equalized for everyone. Every driver gets the same car, and the vehicles take less damage than usual. For novice players, there are anti-lock brakes and traction control. The organization also says that the race is purely for entertainment and that drivers do not earn points that play in the competition. The matches can be viewed live on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

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