Formula One’s drivers will battle it out in an Esports Virtual Grand Prix series in a bid to give fans their racing fix while the season is delayed by the coronavirus.
The race is expected to join nine other grands prix that have already been cancelled or postponed this season as Formula One grapples with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has defended his victory in the British Grand Prix, saying the triumph was down to strategy rather than a favourable Safety Car intervention.
A second grand prix — most likely on the streets — would complement the existing one on the $450 million Shanghai International Circuit. No country currently has two Formula One races, although F1 officials are negotiating for a second grand prix in the United States.
The season-ending Dubai double-header begins on Wednesday as the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates is all set to welcome European Tour’s finest players for the inaugural Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.
The UAE, who are Associate Members of the ICC, have already played two 50-over World Cups in 1996 and 2015. The thirteenth edition of the showpiece event will be held in India in 2023.
The council said, “Coinciding with the celebrations of UAE National Day, we recall the participation of the late Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona, in previous Dubai Sports Council National Day celebrations.”