F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix LIVE: Latest updates as Ben Stokes joins Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon

Jack de Menezes

Follow the latest updates from the second Virtual Grand Prix as Cricket World Cup winner Ben Stokes joins a grid consisting of six current F1 stars including Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon.

The event fills the void left the abandoned Vietnamese Grand Prix, with Melbourne’s Albert Park set to be used in the absence of the new Hanoi street circuit, and features a qualifying session from 8pm before a 28-lap race.

Joining Leclerc in the Ferrari Driver Academy Hublot Esports team will be his brother Arthur, while other familiar names on the grid including Nicholas Latifi and Lando Norris as well as former F1 world champion Jenson Button, Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson. Follow the live updates below and watch the event live in the video above.

When is it?

The Virtual Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 5 April.

What time does it start?

The event begins at 8pm BST (9pm CET) and is expected to last around 90 minutes, with a qualifying session followed by a 28-lap race.

Where can I watch it?

The race will be broadcast live on the Formula One YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels, and will also be shown live on Sky Sports F1 from 8pm. Live coverage will also be available on The Independent’s live blog of the race.

Who’s racing?

Alfa Romeo: Antonio Giovinazzi, Johnny Herbert

Alpha Tauri: Luca Salvadori, Nunzio Todisco

Ferrari Driver Academy Hublot Esports Team: Charles Leclerc, Arthur Leclerc

Haas: Pietro Fittipaldi, Louis Delatraz

McLaren: Lando Norris, Jenson Button

Mercedes: Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Gutierrez

Racing Point: Anthony Davidson, Jimmy Broadbent

Red Bull: Alex Albon, Ben Stokes

Renault: Christian Lundgaard, Andrei Heimgartner

Williams: Nicholas Latifi, George Russell