Madrid, May 7 (efe-epa).- Formula One drivers Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russel, Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc are getting ready to take on top footballers Sergio Agüero, Thibaut Courtois and Arthur Melo in the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
Manchester City’s Argentina international Agüero will race for Aston Martin Red Bill with Albon, winner of last week’s virtual race in Interlagos.
The four-time Premier League winner will compete against Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Courtois, who is returning for his second virtual Grand Prix, this time with Alpha Romeo while Arthur Melo, who plies his trade with Barcelona, will strap himself in for American racing team Haas.
Joining the footballers is English golfer Ian Poulter, who will take on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with F3 racer Max Fewtrell. The race will be played on the official F1 2019 video game.
Formula One will livestream the race on Youtube, Twitch, Weibo, Huya and Facebook and hope the race will last an hour and a half. There will be a qualification process.
The 33 laps of the circuit will also be broadcast by TV channels in 100 countries around the world.
Formula One’s 2020 season has been postponed until at least July due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Elsewhere in the motoring world, Dorna Sports, rights holder for MotoGP, announced it had agreed on a proposal with local authorities that the first two Grand Prix competitions of the delayed season be held in Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain.
This would include MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 categories on 19 and 26 July.
The regional Andalusian government, Jerez city officials and Dorna Sports suggested the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship also be held at the circuit on 2 August.