Now this is more like it. Antonio Giovinazzi has become the sixth Formula 1 driver to declare himself for Sunday’s Virtual Grand Prix race in Australia.
After just two current Formula 1 drivers initially signed up for the first Virtual Grand Prix race in Bahrain, Nicholas Latifi and Lando Norris, there were widespread calls to get more of the 2020 grid involved to help fill some of the vast void that has been created.
Slowly, but surely, more Formula 1 drivers are answering that call. Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon and George Russell will all be taking part and representing their respective teams on Sunday. Now Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi has added himself to the list.
🗞 @Anto_Giovinazzi to fly the team’s flag at the @F1 #VirtualGP this weekend! 🔥 🕹 Alongside him will be F1 legend @johnnyherbertf1, who will return to the steering wheel after racing at the Virtual Bahrain GP. 🤜🏻🤛🏻 #F1Esports pic.twitter.com/6wVREqZWBT
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) April 3, 2020
Giovinazzi’s team-mate sadly won’t be Kimi Raikkonen, but Johnny Herbert has already proved to be a entertaining stand-in given that he completely cut the first corner in the first race.
Max Verstappen won’t be joining Alex Albon at Red Bull, instead his team-mate for Sunday’s race is England cricket superstar, Ben Stokes.
Joining Charles Leclerc is his younger brother, Arthur.
The Virtual Grand Prix race will be streamed live on YouTube at 2000 BST. If you have access to Sky Sports, they are showing the race live on their Main Event and Formula 1 channels.
Just imagine if we were to get a full grid just for one virtual race!