After events on the tracks of Sakhir, Barcelona and Monte Carlo, this weekend the F2 and F3 drivers will be battling it out around the streets of Baku City Circuit – in virtual form using the F2 cars in Codemasters’ F1 2019 game – in what will be the final virtual round before the real F2 and F3 championships get back up and running in July at Spielberg, Austria.
Arthur Leclerc returns for PREMA Racing fresh from his victory around his home town of Monaco in the sprint race two weeks ago, while Louis Delétraz, winner of the feature race in Monte Carlo, will also be back for Baku, racing for Charouz Racing System alongside Juan Manuel Correa.
Renault F1 test driver and winner of the feature race in Round 2 at Barcelona, Guanyu Zhou will also be on the grid, and will be hoping to cap off the Virtual Racing series with a victory before getting back into his real car next month.
F2 racer Nikita Mazepin will be joining in for the first time, as will F3 drivers Bent Viscaal, Oscar Piastri, and 16-year-old Matteo Nannini – nephew of ex-F1 driver Alessandro – who was the Formula 4 UAE champion last year, and will be lining up for Carlin on Sunday.
The final new boys on the grid will be 18-year-old Renault Sport Academy driver Victor Martins who will be racing for ART Grand Prix, and Paul Aron who will be lining up for BWT HWA RACELAB alongside Enzon Fittipaldi.
The race gets underway at 1600 BST/1500 UTC on June 7, and you can watch all the action on F1.com as well as F1’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
The full grid:
CARLIN Enaam Ahmed Matteo Nannini
ART Grand Prix Théo Pourchaire Victor Martins
DAMS Dan Ticktum Sean Gelael
UNI-Virtuosi Callum Ilott Guanyu Zhou
PREMA Racing Oscar Piastri Arthur Leclerc
Charouz Racing System Louis Delétraz Juan Manuel Correa
Campos Racing Roberto Mehri Jack Aitken
MP Motorsport Bent Viscaal Nikita Mazepin
BWT HWA RACELAB Paul Aron Enzo Fittipaldi
Trident Olli Caldwell Lirim Zendeli