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How to watch Formula 1’s Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix

Published: 22/Mar/2020 13:42 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 11:17

by Connor Bennett

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Formula 1 has confirmed that with a number of the season’s opening Grand Prix canceled, they’ll be running virtual races featuring top drivers and stars, starting this weekend with Bahrain. So, here’s what you need to know.

Due to the ongoing health pandemic across the globe, almost every sport and subsequent league has temporarily ground to a halt. Many have thought about competing without fans, while others are waiting for everything to die down. 

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In their place, where a sports video game is available, virtual leagues and competitions have been popping up – with the NBA and football teams leading the way. Now, though, Formula 1 has joined the party following the news that their season won’t begin until June at the very earliest.

When is the virtual Bahrain F1 Grand Prix?

With Baku and the Azerbaijan GP being targeted for the first real-life race, Formula 1 has confirmed that they’ll be running a few races on the PC version of F1 2019 – starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 22 at 8 pm GMT/9 pm CET/4 pm EST and 1 PM PST.

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Instead of having the race weekend spread out across a few days, real-life drivers and fans will compete on Sunday – first in a shortened qualifying to sort out the grid and then a 28-lap race, with the whole thing lasting for around 90 minutes.

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The first virtual Grand Prix will take place on the Bahrain track.

Virtual Bahrain F1 Grand Prix stream

The race will be broadcast across the Formula One’s official YouTube, Twitch and Facebook pages – as well as the F1 website – though, drivers could get involved themselves with their own broadcasts.

Lando Norris, who currently races for the McClaren team, set the Twitch viewership record for the F1 2019 game when he competed in Veloce Esport’s ‘Not The AUS’ Grand Prix on March 15 that possibly inspired this idea from Formula 1 themselves.

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Who is taking part in the Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix?

Formula 1 noted that a number of real-life drivers and other names were going to compete in the race with recognizable drivers like Nico Hulkenberg, Stoffel Vandoorne, and Philipp Eng taking part.

Olympian Chris Hoy and golfing champion Ian Poulter will also suit for the race, with Poulter joining Renault test driver Guanyu Zhou on the grid for the French team while Hoy will race for Red Bull.

In addition to the canceled Bahrain race, there will also be virtual Grand Prix’ for each postponed race on the calendar – including Vietnam, China, Netherlands, Spain, and Monaco.

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Those tracks that aren’t in-game – Vietnam and the Netherlands – will be replaced by another layout, though we’ll have to wait and see as to what those are.

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Dellor shocked as Twitch finally unbans him after over a year

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:54

by Calum Patterson

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After just over one year following his permanent ban from Twitch, dellor’s channel has been reinstated on the platform. The former Overwatch pro now says it’s his “second chance.”

Matt ‘dellor’ Vaughn has had a turbulent streaming career – he was dropped from his Overwatch team, Toronto Esports, after a racist outburst, effectively ending his career as a pro player.

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Then, in 2019, he was banned from Twitch after telling his female teammate in Apex Legends to “cook a sandwich.” This ban originally earned him an indefinite suspension, before it was reduced to 30 days.

Upon his return however, his partnership had been revoked, leaving him without a sub button, seriously impacting his income. Then, in October 2019, dellor was “banned indefinitely for “self-harm” for breaking a keyboard on stream.”

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Dellor streaming on Twitch

This ban prompted the hashtag #freedellor on Twitter, as fans thought the permanent ban was harsh. But, Twitch kept firm, and dellor eventually moved to streaming on YouTube instead.

He pleaded with Twitch to allow him back onto the platform on a handful of occasions. Finally, on October 6, seemingly out of the blue, dellor’s channel was reinstated, and his ban lifted.

“I had given up all hope,” dellor said on Twitter. “After everything I have said about them, Twitch actually unbanned me.”

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His channel, complete with over 550,000 followers (and likely more as Twitch rebuilds the follow count after a suspension), is fully intact.

This doesn’t mean though that he will necessarily return to streaming on Twitch though. Being unbanned on the platform at least means he is able to play with friends who are streaming on Twitch themselves.

He is still not partnered on the platform and does not have a subscribe button. He will still be able to earn money through donations, but to access subscriptions or bits will need to become a Twitch affiliate.

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However, if he wants to become a partner again, it would mean stopping his YouTube streams altogether, where he has now built up a following since his time away from Twitch.