Only five Formula 1 drivers will compete in the final round of its Virtual Grand Prix series this weekend, a reduction on recent numbers.
Formula 1 has arranged virtual events on its official F1 2019 to take place instead of grands prix that have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This weekend’s upcoming round, using Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, is set to be the last before the on-track action gets underway in Austria next month.
George Russell, winner of the last three events, will return for Williams, alongside team-mate Nicholas Latifi, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Regular racers Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Antonio Giovinazzi are all signed up to compete in the virtual Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend and will therefore not take part in the Formula 1 event.
The virtual Canadian Grand Prix is set to take place at 18:00 BST on Sunday.
“The Virtual Grand Prix series has been a resounding success,” said Formula 1’s Head of Esports Julian Tan.
“We are so glad to have been able to provide our fans with racing action as well as engagement with our stars during a time when most live sports had gone dark.
“Whilst the Virtual Grand Prix series may be coming to an end, this is just the start of our plans for this season, as we turn our attention to the F1 Esports Series later in the year.
“We are working on numerous ideas to make this season the best yet as we continue to develop our approach to the esports market and cannot wait for the fans to be a part of the experience.
“The Virtual Grands Prix have given us a chance to reach a whole new audience and we’d love to see anyone who has enjoyed watching the series continue their journey with us when the action returns.”