The 30-year-old Mexican will line up on the virtual grid for the first time on Sunday, taking the wheel of his 2019 challenger, the RP19, on the official F1 game by Codemasters.
Checo will be joined by a familiar face in YouTube star and Esports commentator Jimmy Broadbent, who will make his sixth Virtual Grand Prix appearance in Racing Point colours this weekend.
A Happy Hunting Ground
Since joining BWT Racing Point F1 Team in 2014, Checo has finished inside the top 10 of the Drivers’ Championship every season – making a trip to the rostrum a total five times across the six campaigns.
Two of those podiums have come at the Baku City Circuit – the venue at which the Mexican will make his Virtual Grand Prix Series debut on Sunday.
Last season, at the wheel of the RP19, Checo produced another strong performance around the Azerbaijani capital to finish P6.
A Force to be Reckoned With
Jimmy Broadbent will be back behind the virtual wheel of the RP19 alongside Checo this weekend, as the pair take on the pack around the unforgiving Baku City Circuit. Broadbent currently holds the team’s best result in the Virtual Grand Prix Series to date, having taken P4 at the series opener in Bahrain.
Shortly before the Virtual Grand Prix action kicks off on Sunday, BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team will once again be out in force for the Pro Exhibition race.
Lucas Blakeley and Daniele Haddad will be targeting another strong result, with Lucas having secured his first F1 Esports victory and Daniele finishing P5 at the last round in Monaco to seal the highest points tally of any team around the streets of Monte Carlo.
Direct from the Headset
Sergio Perez: “I’m excited to give the Esports competition a go. It’s definitely got people talking and, looking at the races, they’re very entertaining to watch – sometimes maybe even more so than the real thing!
“It’s really amazing to see what the top drivers are able to do and, of course, they are professionals in their own right, so we can’t expect to be on their level straight away. But to be honest, I’m really missing racing right now, so I’m just looking forward to getting back to competing and seeing what I can do!”