Valtteri Bottas joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, F1 stars for Virtual GP

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon have become the latest Formula 1 driver additions to the Virtual GP series, with the pair joining a star studded grid – including Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – for this weekend’s online race around the iconic Monaco streets.

The Virtual Monaco GP will be live on Sky Sports F1, Main Event, Mix, and our YouTube and Facebook channels at 6pm on Sunday.

Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate who finished second in the championship last year, and Ocon, the highly-rated Renault youngster, confirming their participation takes the F1 driver count to eight for the Virtual Monaco GP – a record in the official eSports series so far.

Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell, Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi will all be in action again.

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Aubameyang’s place on the grid was confirmed on Wednesday – partnering Norris at McLaren – but Arsenal’s hitman won’t be the only footballer involved on Sunday night as Real Madrid goalkeeper Thubaut Courtois is back for another F1 outing with Alfa Romeo.

Courtois finished 11th in the last race, the Virtual Spanish GP.

The other non-driver participants confirmed so far are Hawaiian surfer Kai Lenny, who will be alongside Albon at Red Bull, and Latin American singer Luis Fonsi at Racing Point.

Grid for Sunday’s Virtual Monaco GP

An epic weekend on Sky Sports F1

While nothing can quite replace ‘real’ on-track racing, F1 fans have been treated to two epic battles in the last two virtual races, with Albon and Leclerc and more recently Russell and Leclerc locked in race-long duels.

There may well be another this weekend around the unforgiving streets of Monte Carlo.

A short qualifying period will take place at 6pm, before a 39-lap race.

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