The third round of the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series will see Callum Ilott, a Ferrari Driver Academy member since 2017, compete against seven Formula 1 drivers in a star-studded grid, including Real Madrid and Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, for honours at the Chinese Virtual Grand Prix this Sunday.

Selected by Scuderia Ferrari to join Formula One driver and teammate for the race, Charles Leclerc, in the FDA Hublot Esports Team, Callum will face current Formula 1 competitors including George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Carlos Sainz and Nicholas Latifi on Sunday’s starting grid. A host of other exciting names are set to be announced over the coming days.

“I’m really excited to be joining the F1 Esports grid for this weekend’s race! I didn’t expect my first race of the year to be on the simulator but it’s great to be back racing and I’m looking forward to racing against the F1 boys again.”

This weekend’s event is the third race in the new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, which gives fans the chance to watch Formula 1 races virtually during the ongoing COVID-19 situation and will take place on Sunday (19 April) at 18:00 (BST).