So since F1 and many other sports and motorsports are on somewhat of a hiatus due to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, a lot of you are probably going to be fairly bored on the weekends. But fear not, there are still many things to watch.
The initial idea for this (and many of the items on the list) came from @Craig_Woollard, who started this Twitter thread.
The motorsport enthusiast's guide to surviving the COVID-19 lockdown – a thread:
Many of us are without motorsport, some of us are working from home and some have lost social interaction for the next few weeks. So here's a list of things to keep you busy.
Feel free to reply!
— Craig Woollard 🏁 (@Craig_Woollard) March 14, 2020
Esports, in general, is growing year by year, and if you haven’t yet tried watching any, why not start now? Not like there’s much else on at the moment… Both Jean-Eric Vergne-backed Veloce and recent startup The Race are having their own Esports race on Sunday, with both featuring a mix of physical and virtual racing drivers, streamed free online to either YouTube or Twitch (or both), with some of the drivers streaming their views live as well. I expect there will be several more races in the coming weeks as well, so keep an eye on their social media channels.
Both are having more races! And F1 have got involved themselves as well, I’d advise checking the social media pages of all three each weekend for information and links on any potential races.
The Race (Personally my favourite event from last weekend, multiple short races with a very large field)
Veloce (Using the F1 game so fewer cars and longer races, but a great field of drivers and some unexpected sporting names)
F1 (Doing their first race this weekend so an unknown, but the official F1 game is used so will be similar to the Veloce streams)
Several places have free repeats of races or race highlights, you can very easily end up watching hours and hours of motorsport that you’ve never seen before, and since there are so many different places I’m aware of, I will just list them all below.
The Race (so many old races/series, but my personal favourites are Super Formula, Super GT and Blancpain Endurance)
Formula 1 (highlights and other bits and pieces, will also have full races being streamed on occasion)
Formula E (full races)
DTM (full races)
Formula European Masters (old European F3 races)
MotoGP (10 full races)
WorldSBK (5 full races)
IndyCar (lots of classic races)
Motorsport.tv (requires sign up but still lots to watch on the free account)
While I only know what’s available in the UK for these, there are some great things on both. The obvious thing is Drive to Survive on Netflix, but there’s also; Uppity, Rush, Shelby American, Sir Chris Hoy: From Velodrome to Le Mans, The 24 Hour War and The Gentleman Driver.
Amazon Prime has; Grand Prix Driver, Le Mans: Racing is Everything, Crash and Burn, Yellow Yellow Yellow: The IndyCar Safety Team, and race highlights from several different series.
Why not use the weekend to race yourself virtually? There are enough motorsport related games to keep anyone occupied, new and old. I personally have 68 physical racing games, and that isn’t even including my Steam library… And if you don’t fancy playing yourself, look on YouTube and Twitch, there are countless people that have played countless racing games, and they probably have a whole heap of videos in their backlog to keep you occupied for hours and hours.
Do you have any suggestions? Let us know, or contribute on Craig’s thread on Twitter!