Arsenal star Aubameyang to make Formula One esports debut

Bottas and Ocon join grid for virtual Monaco Grand Prix

Drivers set to compete in the weekend's online race include Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, and George Russell, with the show set to start at 6pm BST on Sunday evening over on YouTube.

Bottas, Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate who finished second in the championship past year, and Ocon, the highly-rated Renault youngster, confirming their participation takes the F1 driver count to eight for the Virtual Monaco GP - a record in the series so far.

Keeping fans and drivers entertained in equal measure during the global coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Esports racing may hit record viewing figures this weekend with the fullest field of F1 drivers yet.

Ahead of this weekend's Virtual Grand Prix, the latest in an ongoing program of races created to engage bored F1 fans during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, developer Codemasters has shared a new hot-lap showing off the track that will feature during Sunday's event.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero took part in the previous virtual Spanish Grand Prix, along with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona's Arthur Melo, while AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has also featured.

"You'd better be good, you'd better be fast", joked Norris in a video clip posted by McLaren on Twitter.

'It's a bit hard but I try to train every day, ' said the striker.

But Mercedes Valtteri Bottas and Renault's Esteban Ocon will also join in on the fun, as well as Nicolas Prost, the trio boosting the ranks of what is setting up to be one of the most exciting races of the Esports season.

Over 14,000 votes later and you have chosen MONACO as the next #NotTheGP track! "I am training but then I have all day". The morning definitely I'm not there.

Aubameyang, the Premier League's joint top goalscorer in 2018-19 and Arsenal's leading marksman this season, needs no help at least from Formula One's youngest British driver when it comes to his own day job.



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