With COVID-19 putting paid to any racing in the real world, Formula 1 is running virtual races online using the official F1 2019 game.

This weekend in what will be the sixth virtual race, the location will be the Monaco Grand Prix - just as the real race would have been.

When is the next F1 Virtual Grand Prix on?

  • Sunday, 24 May
  • 6pm UK (BST); 5pm UTC

The event will last around 90 minutes including a qualifying session followed by a 39-lap race. 

The F2 Virtual Racing and F1 Esports Pro Exhibition races will be shown before the main event, in which pro esports racers will show how it's supposed to be done.

How do I watch the virtual F1 races online?

  • YouTube
  • Twitch
  • Facebook
  • F1.com

The races are streamed live on the F1.com website as well as on the official YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.

It is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix, plus on other partners around the world.

It's hosted by the Gfinity Esports Arena in London, with drivers joining remotely. 

Which F1 drivers are racing in the virtual series?

This weekend, a record eight of the current drivers will race including:

  • Charles Leclerc
  • Lando Norris
  • Alex Albon
  • George Russell
  • Antonio Giovinazzi
  • Nicholas Latifi
  • Esteban Ocon
  • Valtteri Bottas

Other F1 drivers have a lot of experience of sim racing, but not in F1 2019 (which is considered more of an arcade game than a 'proper' simulation like rFactor 2). This is why the likes of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have - so far - declined to take part.

Drivers will have identical cars (so no performance variations) and will be allowed to enable ABS and traction control if they want to - a concession for those less familiar with the game.

For more details about the real championship, read our separate guide on how to watch F1 races.