Everything has been affected by the novel, Coronavirus, a global pandemic that is killing hundreds of people everyday. The virus is believed to first have originated in China and has quickly spread across the world, causing extreme worry and panic. The virus is infectious and deadly, and has sent the world into a frenzy. Many towns and countries around the world have shut down and are locked down to try to contain the virus. Many businesses and schools have shut down, forcing working citizens out of work. Only essential businesses such as hospitals, banks, and grocery stores are allowed open in some places. This has put much strain on all industries around the world. Coachella, the biggest music and arts festival in the world, that’s held every year in April, has been cancelled. The Kentucky Derby, held every year in May, has been postponed, and airlines and cruise ships are at a standstill. All of this is taking a huge toll on the economy, and leaving other businesses and industries stuck on how exactly they can adapt.

Racing car in F1 race
Racing car in F1 race

Even Nascar and Grand Prix have had to make some changes to fall in line with the new rules that this virus has put in place. Thanks to the internet age we live in, races are now being held virtually online for fans and spectators to enjoy. On March 22, 2020, Nascar held its first virtual race and it is now the most-watched esports show to date. Now, Formula 1, also known as F1, is replacing its postponed races with a virtual Grand Prix series. Nascar saw much success with their virtual races, and there are many benefits to holding them. Here are several benefits of virtual F1 races.

Improves Social Interaction

Believe it or not, virtual racing can really help improve social interaction. When you physically go to sporting events, you set in your seat and watch, only getting to interact with the people you’re sitting beside. However, when you attend a virtual race, you get to chat and interact with the other thousands of people who are tuning in at the same time, even the big names and racers. For example, when Nascar held their virtual FS1 race in the beginning of March, fans were super excited that they not only got to watch the race, but they also got to tweet and interact with their favorites, such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin. It was a huge hit.

Convenient

Virtual races are extremely convenient. You don’t have to pack, book hotels, or travel to the location where the races are being held. It’s as simple and easy as opening up your laptop or logging on from your smartphone. You can literally be anywhere in the world and enjoy the races with the convenience of the internet. With our busy schedules split between work, families, social commitments, and hobbies, it can be extremely difficult to find the time to physically make it to every sporting event. With virtual races, you don’t have to worry about that because you can login and tune in whenever you have the time.

Brings Excitement

It’s no secret that fans can grow bored of the same old “song and dance.” So, bringing this fresh concept to the racing industry can be very exciting for fans, as well as racers. Just because these are virtual races doesn’t mean that fans and drivers aren’t getting the real experience. Many drivers have never participated in anything like this. They can use their social media channels to post pictures and stream their entire experience, which is very exciting. You know you have something good when people are talking, and these virtual races do nothing but make people talk. Especially with everything going on in the world right now due to the virus, this is a way to bring some excitement back into people’s everyday lives.

Person typing on gaming keyboard
Person typing on gaming keyboard

With everything that’s going on nowadays, concerning the Coronavirus, it’s a great thing that some industries are able to adjust accordingly during these trying times. The popularity of eSports has grown rapidly over the years, and for good reason. Casinos are now into eSports with competitive online poker and 21 game, so it’s no wonder other industries are tapping into this as well. Tournament prize pools and gaming tournaments play a huge role in the amount of people that partake in these activities. Today, competitive gaming is neck to neck with the NFL when it comes to revenue, and this has much to do with the amount of younger fans who enjoy watching and participating in eSports. It’s no wonder that these virtual F1 races are a huge hit and we will probably be seeing more of these in the future, even when this Coronavirus pandemic is over.