Pietro Fittipaldi, who made his Haas debut last season in Bahrain, will represent the
American team in this weekend's race alongside brother Enzo, whilst former F1 drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Tonio Luizzi will compete for Mercedes and AlphaTauri respectively.
Renault academy drivers Christian Lundgaard and reigning F3 champion Oscar Piastri will drive for Alpine, whilst Virtual Grand Prix regular and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns for Alfa Romeo.
The primary focus of this year’s competition is to donate money to charities chosen by the teams.
Each nominated charity will receive a significant donation from the overall prize fund, regardless of whether the team finishes first or last in the standings after the three events.
This year’s Virtual Grand Prix events will begin with a sprint-race, featuring the team’s F1 Esports Pro Series drivers, to decide the starting grid, before the teams’ pairings compete in the feature race.
Silverstone and Interlagos will also play host to upcoming virtual races on February 7 and 14 respectively.
F1 head of digital business initiatives & esports Julian Tan said: "We are thrilled to be bringing the Virtual Grands Prix back to keep fans entertained during the off-season as we look forward to the year of racing ahead.
"Last year’s virtual events were a huge success for F1 Esports and we can’t wait to see the F1 drivers and famous faces back in action once again, and this time all in the name of charity.”
The Virtual Austrian Grand Prix will be broadcast from 6pm GMT on Sunday on the official F1 YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Huya (China) and Weibo (China) channels, as well as broadcast by international television partners including Sky Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports and Ziggo.
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