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Arsenal star to join Ocon and Bottas on the grid for Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon will join the Virtual Grand Prix grid for the first time this weekend – and they will be joined in the race by a Premier League footballer.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be among the guest stars logging on to show off his sim-racing skills in this Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix, on Codemasters' F1 2019 game.

Aubameyang, Ocon and Bottas will be joined by Virtual GP regulars Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Nicholas Latifi and George Russell - who scored a brilliant victory in the series last time out in the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix after a thrilling battle with Leclerc.

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Elsewhere Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns for Alfa Romeo following his 11th place finish in the Virtual Spanish GP, while big-wave surfer Kai Lenny will be racing for Red Bull. Latin American singer Luis Fonsi also makes his Virtual Grand Prix debut for Racing Point. See the full grid of drivers taking part below.

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How to watch

Drivers will join the race remotely, with a host broadcast live from the Gfinity Esports Arena from 1700 UTC (1800 BST) on Sunday, May 24.

The broadcast, which will be available here on F1.com and the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch, Weibo, Huya and Facebook channels, is expected to run for 1 hour 30 minutes, with a qualifying period followed by a 39-lap race.

The Virtual Grand Prix will also be broadcast live with international broadcast partners in over 100 countries, including in the UK on Sky Sports, in the US on ESPN, and FOX Sports Asia across Southeast Asia.

The full grid for the Virtual Monaco GP

TeamDriverDriver
Alfa RomeoAntonio GiovinazziThibaut Courtois
AlphaTauriTonio LiuzziLuca Salvadori
FDA Hublot Esports TeamCharles LeclercArthur Leclerc
HaasLouis DelatrazPietro Fittipaldi
McLarenLando NorrisPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
MercedesValtteri BottasEsteban Gutierrez
Racing PointDavid SchumacherLuis Fonsi
Red BullAlex AlbonKai Lenny
RenaultEsteban OconNicolas Prost
WilliamsGeorge RussellNicholas Latifi

Support races

Before the main event the F1 Esports Pro Exhibition race will precede the Virtual Grand Prix. It will begin at 1600 UTC (1700 BST) and will be broadcast on the official Formula 1 YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels, as well as selected TV broadcasters.

The Formula 2 Virtual Racing event, featuring F2 and F3 drivers, will also be live on the same channels, and here on F1.com, from 1500 UTC (1600 BST).

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