Formula E has created the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, a nine-week e-sports competition in which a selection of the best gamers get to race against all Formula E teams.
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The aim of the competition is to raise funds for UNICEF and raise awareness for the fight against the global coronavirus. The competition will start with a test run, which will take place on Saturday 18 April at 16:30 hrs without scoring points and therefore does not officially count as part of the championship.
Over a period of nine weeks until the grand final on 13 June, drivers and players will participate in the online events from home using the rFactor 2 simulator software. Fans will be able to watch two live races each weekend as the Formula One drivers and the e-athletes compete in separate races during the 90-minute broadcast.
Update 20 April 2020: The first test race on the virtual circuit of Monaco was won by Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport). Second place was earned by Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team driver Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of André Lotterer (Team TAG HEUER Porsche). The Formula E Sim Racing Championship starts next Saturday with a race on the Hong Kong circuit.
Update 29 April: The first real race of the challenge is done. On the virtual Hong Kong circuit, Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) won just as he had in the test before.
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