F1 Virtual GP: New races announced for 2021 with charity prize pool

Racers will be taking to the virtual tarmac for a great cause this winter, as the Virtual GPs return!

IMG 20171001 WA0006 by Toby Durant
f1 virtual gp

2021 is shaping up to be another wild Formula 1 season, but before the drivers jump in their private jets to start the season in Bahrain, the Virtual GP is will return to our screens.

That’s right, after filling in so well at the start of 2020, the Virtual GP makes its return for 2021, and are once again delivered by Gfinity.

F1 Virtual GP dates

Three Virtual GPs have been lined up for fans to enjoy. The first will air on Sunday 31 January, with two more races on 7 February, and 14 February.

Start times are not yet given, but we can assume they will be in the evenings as before.

Format change

The Virtual GP will not follow quite the same format as last year.

A five-lap sprint race featuring pro gamers will be used instead of qualifying to produce the grid.

Opmeer China
WHO WILL TAKE THE CHEQUERED FLAG: Alfa & Red Bull dominated F1 Esports, but who will be dominant this time?

The Virtual GP will then take place over a 50% race-distance event where the drivers will be looking to score points.

Points mean prizes

Last year’s Virtual GPs were just for fun, but this year there is something to win!

There is a charity prize fund on the line, which will be split up based on team standings at the end of the series for the teams to distribute to their nominated charities.

Who will be competing?

Last year’s Virtual GPs were dominated by young up-and-coming F1 drivers, with George Russell, Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, and Lando Norris all getting involved.

We also saw the newest race winners Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez get involved, along with Antonio Giovinazzi, Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon, and Nicholas Latifi.

F1 2020 Mercedes
BEAT THE MERCS: This might be drivers’ only chance to be in front of a Mercedes!

So who will be involved this time? We expect to see some F1 names of past, present, and future in the event, along with some stars from sport, music, and culture.

Last year saw Ben Stokes, Thibaut Courtois, Liam Payne, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang compete, so it could be anyone in 2021!

Toby Durant

Currently playing: F1 2020, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Forza Horizon 4

From our network
Best DisplayPort Cables 2021: Our Top Picks For Gaming!

If you're after the best DisplayPort cables, you've come to the right place! We've…

The Top 10 Hardest Puzzles In Gaming Revealed

Playing any game with a puzzle element can be a harrowing experience. Progression is…

Hogwarts Legacy: Release Date, Trailer, Leaks, Gameplay, Platforms And Everything We Know About The Harry Potter RPG

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and developers Avalanche Software (Known for the Just Cause series),…

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch LEAKS: Release Date Confirmed, News, Trailer, Rumors, Gameplay, Price, Leaks and Everything We Know

Season 8 of Apex Legends is finally here, but we're still waiting for the…

Play Video
From our network
Cyberpunk 2077 Update 1.2 Delayed After Attacks

Cyberpunk 2077 is still moving towards its next patch

Madden 21 is Now Available via EA Play

The release date is out and it's not long to wait

Valheim Dedicated Servers and How to Host Them

Players must host their own lobbies and servers

Dutch star can be cheap alternative to Ruud Gullit

Leroy Fer’s new SBC card has some desirable attributes

From our network
Cyberpunk 2077 Update 1.2 Delayed After Attacks

Cyberpunk 2077 is still moving towards its next patch

Madden 21 is Now Available via EA Play

The release date is out and it's not long to wait

Valheim Dedicated Servers and How to Host Them

Players must host their own lobbies and servers

Dutch star can be cheap alternative to Ruud Gullit

Leroy Fer’s new SBC card has some desirable attributes

From our network
Best DisplayPort Cables 2021: Our Top Picks For Gaming!

If you're after the best DisplayPort cables, you've come to the right place! We've…

The Top 10 Hardest Puzzles In Gaming Revealed

Playing any game with a puzzle element can be a harrowing experience. Progression is…

Hogwarts Legacy: Release Date, Trailer, Leaks, Gameplay, Platforms And Everything We Know About The Harry Potter RPG

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and developers Avalanche Software (Known for the Just Cause series),…

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch LEAKS: Release Date Confirmed, News, Trailer, Rumors, Gameplay, Price, Leaks and Everything We Know

Season 8 of Apex Legends is finally here, but we're still waiting for the…

Play Video
© 2020 Gfinity. Trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.