Jenson Button to appear in The Race Legends Trophy04/04/2020
It has been confirmed that Jenson Button will take part in The Race Legends Trophy on Saturday April 4.
Button, who won the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship, will join his team-mate for that season at Brawn Rubens Barrichello as part of this Esports competition.
The Briton’s sim kit was delivered to his home in California last week, and now he plans to step up his gaming involvement.
After taking part in the Legends Trophy on Saturday, he will then switch focus to Formula 1’s virtual series for the first time as part of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday night.
For that event he will return to McLaren, the team he raced for from 2010-17, where he will be alongside the team’s current hot prospect and gaming enthusiast Lando Norris.
Norris will of course be sporting a more streamlined haircut for this race after he shaved off his head of hair for charity earlier in the week.
The Legends Trophy held its first event last week with IndyCar legend Dario Franchitti winning around a virtual Silverstone Circuit.
The event will be a double-header with the results from race one forming the grid for race two. Drivers will be competing at former IndyCar venue NOLA on the Rfactor 2 game.
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and Juan Pablo Montoya will contest the event after appearing in the first round, while fellow past F1 stars Olivier Panis, Mika Salo and Vitantonio Liuzzi will be making their debuts.
And at the other end of the scale, The Race All-Star Cup – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones, will see a host of F1 juniors take part.
Channel 4 F1 analyst and Pau Grand Prix winner Billy Monger is among the provisional entrants, as is Williams’ reserve driver Jack Aitken and Red Bull junior Jack Doohan.
Formula E stars Stoffel Vandoorne and Antonio Felix da Costa are two of the big names who are returning for the latest All-Star Battle.
Once again pro racers will be split into two groups, with the top five from each group’s heat advancing into the grand final race.
The rest go into a last-chance qualifier heat that will likewise take the top five drivers into the deciding race of the event.
Another five spots in the grand final will again be allocated as a result of the simracer heat.
Here is the full schedule for the weekend in UK time, as stated by The Race.
Timetable, Saturday April 4
17:00 – Broadcast Live
Legends Trophy Race 1
17:15 – 17:20 Qualifying
17:20 – 17:30 Race
Pro Driver Group Race 2
17:35 – 17:40 Qualifying
17:40 – 17:50 Race
Pro Driver Group Race 3
17:55 – 18:00 Qualifying
18:00 – 18:10 Race
Sim Driver Group Race 4
18:15 – 18:20 Qualifying
18:20 – 18:30 Race
Pro Driver LCQ Race 5
18:35 – 18:40 Qualifying
18:40 – 18:50 Race
Legends Trophy Race 6 (Reverse Grid)
18:55 – 19:05 Race
All-Star Esports Battle Race 7
19:10 – 19:15 Qualifying
19:15 – 19:35 Race
19:35 – 19:45 Driver Interviews/Race Review
19:45 – Broadcast Ends
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