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Virtual F1 Odds: Australian Grand Prix

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The 2020 Formula 1 season has been postponed for spectators planning to attend live events, but that hasn’t stopped the excitement on the track from moving indoors.

Like the majority of the sports world, the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

F1 Goes Online

F1 organizers have shifted the action to virtual racing, as the remaining races on the schedule that haven’t been canceled will be streamed online and played by the drivers themselves along with a cast of popular esports streamers. With the Australian Grand Prix next up on the docket on April 4, odds are out on which drivers will come away with the victory.

Lando Norris is the +200 favorite at BetWay, followed by Guanyu Zhou (+400), Stoffel Vandoorne (+400), Philipp Eng (+600), Jimmy Broadbent (+800), Nicholas Latifi (+800), Luca Salvadori (+1200), Esteban Gutierrez (+1600), Dino Beganovic (+1800) and Anthony Davidson (+2000).

Traditional Gamers Have a Distinct Edge

The F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series is played on Codemaster’s official Formula 1 2019 PC game. Fans can follow along by streaming it on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook, as well as on F1.com. The races will be half as long as regular races (28 laps).

The discrepancy between drivers who are gamers and those who are non-gamers is huge, so the organization announced “game settings will be configured in such a way to encourage competitive and entertaining racing.” All cars will be set to the same performance characteristics, while vehicle damage will be reduced and anti-lock brakes and traction control is optional.

Zhou Claims the Win in Virtual Grand Prix Debut

The first-ever edition of the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix took place on March 22, with Zhou taking the victory while well ahead of the pack. Vandoorne placed second overall, just in front of Eng.

Broadbent, a popular YouTuber, placed fourth after a last-lap battle with Norris. The pair made contact ahead of the final corner before Broadbent eventually pulled ahead. With Latifi coming in sixth, two F1 drivers finished in the top six. To watch a replay of the race, click here.

Looking for the best book to make esports bets? We have you covered. Here’s a look at the shop’s full list of odds for the Australian Grand Prix.

Odds to Win the Virtual Australian Grand Prix
Lando Norris+200
Guanyu Zhou+400
Stoffel Vandoorne+400
Philipp Eng+600
Jimmy Broadbent+800
Nicholas Latifi+800
Luca Salvadori+1200
Esteban Gutierrez+1600
Dino Beganovic+1800
Anthony Davidson+2000
Nico Hulkenberg+2000
Paul (Redeye) Chaloner+2000
Matthew (Sadokist) Trivett+2500
Robert Shwartzman+2500
Johnny Herbert+3300
Nic Hamilton+4000

Odds as of April 2 at BetWay