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How to watch the virtual Chinese F1 Grand Prix: grid, streams, more

Published: 15/Apr/2020 4:55 Updated: 17/Apr/2020 13:45

by Andrew Amos

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The drivers might not be in Shanghai, but the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix is still a go for 2020. The race is going online, with some of F1’s brightest stars joining in on the action. Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s race.

12 months ago, fans lined the Shanghai International Circuit to cheer on Lewis Hamilton as he secured yet another Grand Prix win. However, 2020’s rendition of the Chinese Grand Prix will be eerily different.

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No fans, no trophies to lift, and no champagne to spray at the finish line ⁠— if you don’t bring your own, that is. The Chinese Grand Prix is going online, like a number of Formula 1 events have since drivers were taken off the track indefinitely.

Some of Formula 1’s biggest names will race alongside other talent from F2 and other divisions, and a host of sporting stars and celebrities, around the virtual Shanghai International Circuit this weekend.

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If you want to chase the action, we’ve got everything you need to know.

When is the Chinese F1 Grand Prix 2020?

The flag will drop for the virtual Chinese F1 Grand Prix on April 19 at 12pm PT. If you aren’t located on the west coast of America, we’ve got local times below.

  • ET: 3pm April 19
  • GMT: 8pm April 19
  • AEST: 6am April 20

F1 confirm Real Madrid star for Virtual Chinese GP

On April 16, Formula One confirmed a number of stars participating in the Virtual Chinese Grand Prix. Six F1 drivers are featured, most notably Charles Leclerc, who won the previous virtual Grand Prix.

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Other names from real-life F1 George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi, all of whom will try to dethrone Leclerc.

“Alongside a star-studded grid of Formula 1 drivers,” the F1 announcement said. “Real Madrid and Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will make his Virtual Grand Prix debut for Red Bull, with a host of other exciting names set to be announced over the coming days.”

The goalkeeping star is arguably the biggest name to debut in the Virtual GPs thus far. Past instalments have seen ex-One Direction’s Liam Payne and star cricketer Ben Stokes feature, but Courtois might top them all.

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Charles Leclerc made it one from one in his F1 Virtual Grand Prix debut.
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Charles Leclerc made it one from one in his F1 Virtual Grand Prix debut.

Virtual Chinese F1 Grand Prix streams

No matter who races, the event will be streamed live through the Formula 1 website, Twitch channel, and YouTube.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the Twitch stream below. The YouTube stream will be available at a later time.

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Some of the individual racers have also streamed their perspectives in the past. If you want to get in the driver’s seat with Leclerc or Norris, the opportunity might be there if they go live on race day.

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Sebastian Vettel explains why he chose Aston Martin F1 for 2021

Published: 7/Oct/2020 11:26

by Kieran Bicknell

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Formula One ace Sebastian Vettel has had a mixed season at Scuderia Ferrari, but he is now looking forward to a fresh start with the Aston Martin F1 team for next year’s season.

Vettel is currently part of the Scuderia Ferrari team alongside garage mate Charles Leclerc, but after a mixed season, he is now confirmed to be joining the Aston Martin F1 team for 2021.

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For 2021, the current Racing Point team will be re-branded as Aston Martin F1, signaling a shake-up within the drivers and, likely, the technology.

While the move away from Ferrari was forced after the team decided not to renew his contract for 2021, Vettel said it was an “easy” decision to make the move to Aston Martin.

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Vettel will replace current Racing Point driver Sergio Perez, and join Lance Stroll to complete the newly-christened Aston Martin 2021 team.

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The controversial Racing Point RP20 car has been key to the team’s success this year.

Sebastian Vettel signs for Aston Martin F1

The current Racing Point team is enjoying a successful 2020 season, thanks in part to their well-performing RP20 challenger car. Vying for the third-place constructor’s championship spot, they still have everything to play for with another 6 rounds to go at the time of writing.

In his interview with official F1 podcast ‘Beyond the grid‘ Vettel revealed exactly why he chose the Aston Martin team for his 2021 drive: “The team is growing […] it was the mindset and the will to really do something, and do something good, bring something together.”

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He also stated that the continued improvements from the current Racing Point team, both in terms of the on-track performance and the team as a whole, were a factor in his decision.

Ultimately, it came down to Seb saying that it sounded like a “fun project” and he hopes he can “contribute to a lot of things and do good inside and outside of the car.”

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2020 performance

Despite the difficult year that the Scuderia Ferrari team have had during 2020, Vettel insisted that he had “no regrets” over his time there.

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Sebastian also admitted that he feels he “failed” for this season: “I should have done better, things that maybe I should have seen earlier, fights that I shouldn’t have picked. But then again, everything that has happened brought me to where I am now.”

With his personal goal to be ‘content’ with where he is in life, hopefully, the shift in teams will give him the satisfaction he is looking for during the 2021 season.

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