Verstappen and Norris lead F1 charge in Esports

Jamie Woodhouse
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris stage thrilling Esports battle.

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F1 may be on hold for the foreseeable future, but that hasn’t stopped racing stars from around the world turning to Esports.

A host of stars from motor racing series around the world have come together to create an all-star tournament, and it’s being streamed live.

The Race’s All-Star Esports Battle sees the likes of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris from Formula 1, known for their love of virtual racing, taking on the likes of IndyCar greats Will Power and Simon Pagenaud.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Nelson Piquet Jr., Neel Jani, Colton Herta, and Felix Rosenqvist are among the host of other racing stars taking part.

What makes it even more unique is these names will go up against their virtual racing counterparts who do this for a living – Brendon Leigh, Jimmy Broadbent and James Baldwin are all in action.

The competition is being played out on the rFactor2 racing sim around famous tracks, including the Nurburgring racing circuit.

Everyone is driving the Formula ISI 2012 and $10,000 is the prize.

Twenty racers were picked to compete in the event, while the other 20 were determined through a single-lap qualy session.

The competition started with two group sprint races, with last-changce qualifiers to whittle it down to a field of 24 who will compete in the final.

Follow all the action here.