Six Formula 1 racers are among a group of drivers who are
striving to raise funds in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Formula 1, and the wider motorsport community, is currently
on hiatus due to the lockdowns imposed by various governments in a bid to stop
the spread of the virus.
Formula 1 teams have rallied around to create equipment and
devices to treat those affected by the virus as well as those working on the
Several championships, including Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR,
have created virtual series in order to replace postponed or cancelled
A group of drivers have now collaborated to form their own
mini-championship that will be broadcast on their respective Twitch channels.
A handful have been playing the official F1 2019 video game together
through this week – streaming their efforts – while also trying their hand at
other non-racing games.
On Saturday, Tuesday and Friday, at 19:00 CET, the #RaceForTheWorld
will take place.
The involved Formula 1 drivers are Charles Leclerc,
Alexander Albon, Lando Norris, George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas
Renault junior Christian Lundgaard, Formula E front-runner
Antonio Felix da Costa, Haas testers Louis Delétraz and Pietro Fittipaldi, and
Ferrari juniors Callum Ilott and Giuliano Alesi are among the other contenders.
“It is a new three-round virtual championship that we organised
amongst a group of drivers,” said Latifi.
“What started off as an idea just for fun, soon transformed
into an opportunity to use our platform to collectively help a global crisis.
“We are trying to raise money for the World Hea;th
Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and at the same time hopefully
provide some good entertainment to the fans!”
The donation page is available via this link.