Bottas and Ocon join the grid for Virtual Monaco GP

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

Broadcast live on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels and live on various global broadcast partners in over 100 countries, the Virtual Monaco Grand Prix will take place on Sunday May 24, the day originally scheduled for the Monaco Grand Prix proper, which has been cancelled from the 2020 calendar.

Formula 1 has organised half-distance equal-setting virtual races on its F1 2019 platform in place of grands prix that have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from Fonsi, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang will also take part in the Virtual Grand Prix for the first time.

At the start of the Monaco Grand Prix, as was the case in previous races, Alexander Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

"You'd better be good, you'd better be fast", a laughing Norris told Aubameyang, who played for AS Monaco in 2010-11, in a video clip posted by McLaren on Twitter.

'It's a bit hard but I try to train every day, ' said the striker. Mercedes Valtteri Bottas, who was the runner up of the last season's world championship, Renault's Estaban Ocon, will make their Virtual Grand Prix debut on Sunday. The Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will also return with Alpha Romero.

'Yeah, they chose the hardest track for you to join. Kai's virtual colleague Alex then took over with an extreme four-hour online training session to bring him fully up to speed.

Aubameyang, the Premier League's joint top goalscorer in 2018-19 and Arsenal's leading marksman this season, needs no help at least from Formula One's youngest British driver when it comes to his own day job.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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