With the world at a standstill, who would have thought F1 racing could come in so handy?
Six Formula 1 stars have banded together to raise over $33,000 for the continued care of Coronavirus survivors. These COVID-19 relief efforts are the first round of a new esports series, Race for The World.
The racing series has been solely organized by other professional drivers, all of which are hoping to entertain fans during this huge crowd-catered event. They are attempting to raise over $100,000 for the World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund by the end of the series.
The name of the game? Six rounds of intense racing spread over three nights. There will be a one-shot qualifying as well as 25% distance races at randomized tracks. Rules and driving standards are much more casual than other modern sporting events, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the drivers streamed their perspective on Twitch with an open communication link between all 20 drivers. Virtual Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc was one of them.
Even virtually 😭 pic.twitter.com/sIsTDi15ek
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) April 14, 2020
Abu Dhabi played host to the opener, but panic shortly followed. The stream required a restart when the lobby settings accidentally had the cars ghosting permanently.
Alexander Albon beat Renault junior Christian Lundgaard to complete pole position. Though the pair raced into an early lead, the rest of the field was involved in multiple incidents scattered across streams. Hopefully, with the next racing series event, they will be able to work out all the little bugs.
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