The effect of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has been felt in all the sports, including motorsports. Formula One is among the motorsports that have announced the cancelling of most upcoming events, including the Bahrain Grand Prix, Australian Grand Prix, Vietnamese Grand Prix, and the Chinese Grand Prix, just to mention a few.
That means the season’s calendar will be interrupted. At the time of writing, the Formula One season could have been into the second race of the season.
And it’s not just Formula One; all Motorsport UK-sanctioned events have been put off until May. Several NASCAR races have also been put off as the US continues to grapple with the pandemic. Grand Prix motorcycle racing has also been affected, with several races, including the Thailand Grand Prix, set for the Chang International Circuit cancelled. The FIA World Rally Championship has also postponed the 2020 Rally Argentina.
F1’s Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix
After the cancelling of several Formula One races, Formula One embarked on a mission to keep motorsports fans busy with the announcement of F1’s Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix. The event brings together the top athletes in eSports, live from the Gfinity Esports Arena. The event will be based on the Codemasters F1 2019 game (PC). It will feature a qualifying session and a 28-lap race on the Bahrain International Circuit.
Besides Formula One’s entry to eSports, NASCAR has also followed suit and is organizing an eSport event that will feature eSports pro drivers.
What is Coronavirus?
Covid-19 is a respiratory infection that sprouted in the Wuhan province of China, and has so far spread to over 190 countries. The disease has infected more than 350,000 people with the death toll at 15,000. So far, there is no cure, but scientists are working round the clock to find a vaccine, and possibly a cure.