McLaren’s Lando Norris breaks streaming records with alternative Grand Prix

McLaren Formula One driver Lando Norris broke streaming records on Sunday evening as he took part in a virtual Grand Prix.

After the FIA announced the Australian Grand Prix had been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, F1 fans were left wondering what to do with their time.

That’s when the driver decided to get creative.

Norris gathered a collection of former drivers, online personalities and footballers to take part in a virtual race which pulled in more than 70,000 viewers concurrently, smashing the previous F1 record.

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“I’m more nervous now than when I drive the actual car!” he joked as his viewing numbers skyrocketed.

The event featured former F1 stars Estiban Gutierrez and Stoffel Vandoorne taking part as well as Real Madrid Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, as the sporting and the gaming world combined for this very unique event.

It’s not the first example of the sporting world crossing into gaming to give fans some kind of entertainment during the ongoing postponements.

Leyton Orient are in the process of setting up a 128-team FIFA tournament which will see players and fans face-off as they represent their own sides.

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