F1 Digital GP sequence to return for 3 rounds forward of 2021 season
System 1’s Digital Grand Prix sequence will return for 3 rounds forward of the upcoming real-life 2021 season.
After the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to racing final yr, F1 launched its Digital Grand Prix sequence to assist entertain followers within the enforced break earlier than the season lastly bought underway in July.
Following the success of 2020, F1 is bringing the sequence again with digital occasions happening on three successive weekends.
F1 says “F1 drivers previous and current” and celeb friends will compete for 10 groups throughout the three race weekends, with a prize fund to designate to a charity of their alternative on supply for the crew that ends the sequence with essentially the most factors.
The Esports competitors will change place throughout three rounds on 31 January, 7 February and 14 February, earlier than the delayed 2021 F1 season kicks off on 28 March with the Bahrain Grand Prix following the postponement of the deliberate opener in Australia.
A revised format will see F1’s Esports professional players contest a five-lap dash race with a view to decide the grid for the principle race, which will likely be at 50 p.c for the mix of competing F1 drivers and celebrities.
“2020 was a tricky yr for everybody, however we sit up for bringing followers extra pleasure in 2021, beginning with the return of the Digital Grands Prix as we welcome again a number of the faces that made it such a particular expertise final yr, and invite some new ones too, all within the title of charity,” stated F1’s head of esports Julian Tan.
Williams’ George Russell was crowned the unofficial Virtual Grand Prix series champion after claiming 4 consecutive victories final yr.
F1 says it achieved a complete of 11.4million stay stream views throughout all digital platforms in 2020, representing a 98 p.c enhance in comparison with 2019.
“It’s incredible to see the F1 Esports Sequence 2020 break viewing and engagement data after an excellent championship the place we noticed aggressive racing and excessive drama at each occasion,” Tan added.
“We needed to adapt in the best way we operated for this yr’s Professional Sequence as a result of pandemic, however we’re thrilled to see that it didn’t have an effect on viewers enjoyment, or consumption, of the motion.”