Fans familiar with F1 should know that the 2020 season was forced to postpone because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the game is not completely over.
On the early morning of Monday, March 23, the first E-sports virtual Grand Prix in F1 history was successfully held (Bahrain). Surprisingly, the champion of this race is not Hamilton or Vettel, who we are familiar with, but Zhou Guanyu, a Chinese driver representing Renault F1 team.
This is the first time for Chinese drivers to win the F1 race. Of course, we must emphasize that it is the “virtual Grand Prix of E-sports”. In fact, this is a video game race.
It is understood that the race is officially organized and hosted by F1 to replace the delayed Bahrain Grand Prix. The participating drivers are active F1 drivers, reserve drivers, youth training drivers and star drivers, and are committed to bringing an entertainment feast to the fans.
Due to the uneven game level of each contestant, in order to make the contest more fair, F1 E-sports virtual Grand Prix adopts fixed tuning and equal performance settings, and also turns off the vehicle damage system.
In the end, Renault team test driver Zhou Guanyu won the victory, Mercedes replacement driver Stoffel van Doorne finished the second race, and Phillip eng finished third.
Statistics show that Zhou Guanyu, 20 years old from Shanghai, is known as “the closest Chinese to F1”. He has been in touch with go karts since he was 8 and won the national championship at the age of 10. Since joining Renault sports academy in January 2019, he has won the key training, and won the “best Rookie Award” in the F2 championship in 2019. He has set a history of many Chinese drivers “No.1” in the field of international racing.
On February 13 this year, Renault F1 team officially announced that Zhou Guanyu will be promoted to test driver of the team in the new season. Renault Sports Institute has arranged a more in-depth training and training plan for him, with the goal of helping him become the first official F1 driver from China.
At present, the F1 E-sports virtual Grand Prix is scheduled to run until May, but the actual situation will depend on the COVID-19 pandemic.