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F1 goes virtual as Bahrain GP kicks off season

With the first seven races of this campaign already postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, F1 has organized the esports equivalent to help fans find some alternative entertainment.Six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy, former One Direction member Liam Payne and golfer Ian Poulter were all part of the star-studded grid, which featured just two current F1 drivers.McLaren's Lando Norris and Williams's Nicholas Latifi were both racing for their respective teams against the likes of Nic Hamilton, brother of world champion Lewis, and former F1 star Nico Hulkenberg.READ: Football stars go head-to-head over video games as coronavirus suspends playREAD: The Middle East's first female esports team debuts at Girl Gamer 2020The 14-lap race — just 25% of the distance of the real thing — was won by Renault's test driver Guanyu Zhou, with Mercedes' Formula E star Stoffel Vandoorne finishing in second place.Norris, known to be a keen gamer, was involved in some last corner drama as a YouTuber shunted the Briton out of the way to drop him down into fifth place.Former F1 drivers Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson were also taking part, alongside several YouTube personaRead More – Source

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