Button signs up for Virtual GP
Sky F1 Jenson Button back on the grid for F1’s Virtual GP Button joins likes of Charles Leclerc and Ben Stokes on Sunday’s grid; Watch live on Sky Sports F1 and our YouTube at 8pm on Sunday Last Updated: 03/04/20 6:23pm Sky F1’s Jenson Button will return to the starting grid – this time in the world of Esports – for a debut in F1’s Virtual Grand Prix series on Sunday.
Button, the 2009 world champion, will be back racing for them in the Virtual GP around Albert Park at 8pm on Sunday.Virtual GP: The big questions answered
Button joins fellow Sky F1 pundits Johnny Herbert and Anthony Davidson in the field for Sunday’s race at 8pm – live on Sky Sports F1, Main Event and YouTube.
The 40-year-old joins six 2020 drivers signed up to race, with Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi making their debuts, and Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi returning.A post shared by Jenson Button (@jensonbutton) on Apr 3, 2020 at 10:01am PDT
World Cup-winning England cricketer Ben Stokes, meanwhile, is driving for Red Bull.
Button revealed on Sky F1’s new Vodcast series earlier this week that he had recently had a simulator delivered to his home in LA.He then got a taste for eSports in the same iRacing challenge that Max Verstappen and Norris compete in.
“He joined a race the other night on iRacing and he was surprisingly quick!” said Norris of the 40-year-old on Friday’s latest Vodcast.
“For the limited amount of time that I’m sure he’s had on it, he was pretty good.So I’m sure come Sunday I hope he can be a key player.
“These different games are not easy to get used to.
“Although it’s driving a car at the end of the day, it’s still how you drive and the physics of the tyre model [change].A lot of different tips and tricks you need for each programme, each car and for each track.For him to kind to jump on to go against me and others you have spent hours and hours and days in the last couple of weeks on it, he did pretty good.” Who’s taking part in Sunday’s F1 Virtual GP?
The confirmed list so far: Jenson Button.