Formula 1
28 Mar
Event finished
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
FP1 in
2 days
MotoGP
04 Apr
Event finished
R
Portugal GP
18 Apr
FP1 in
2 days
Formula E
24 Apr
Next event in
10 days
NASCAR Cup
R
Richmond
18 Apr
Race in
5 days
IndyCar
R
Birmingham
18 Apr
Practice 1 in
3 days
23 Apr
Next event in
9 days
WEC
13 Jun
Race in
60 days
Supercars
20 Mar
Event finished
17 Apr
Practice 1 in
3 days

Gasly "shocked" how excited Virtual Le Mans made him

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly admits he was "shocked" by "how much excitement" racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual gave him.

Gasly "shocked" how excited Virtual Le Mans made him

A joint venture set up by the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and Motorsport Games, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was run over the weekend of 13-14 June as a replacement for the coronavirus-delayed real event.

Featuring a packed grid of 50 cars occupied by current F1 stars - including Gasly, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's Max Verstappen - and past ones as well as top-flight talent from IndyCar, WEC and Formula E.

Gasly raced the #24 Veloce entry alongside double FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne, which they guided to fifth overall - with the Rebellion Williams #01 car of Louis Deletraz/Raffaele Marciello/Nikodem Wisniewski/Kuba Brzezinski securing victory.

Commenting on the experience in the latest F1 podcast, Gasly said: "I was shocked how much excitement it gave me, just from a game.

"But everything was so real, and I really got into it, because they are really competitive. Honestly, it was great.

"I finished my last stint at 3:30am, until 5am I wouldn't sleep, I was just watching, checking the car was OK, and we were still doing well.

"Nothing happened, then I slept three and a half hours, I woke up and after two seconds I went straight to the internet to check how we were doing.

"Honestly it was a critical experience, and I really enjoyed it."

Gasly lived in Le Mans when he was part of the French federation's young driver programme, and undertook his schooling there.

"Always a big fan" of Le Mans, Gasly does harbour desires to contest the real event one day, but for now is fully focussed on F1.

"I was always a big fan of the 24 hours of Le Mans," he added.

"I lived there for five years. I studied from 13 to 18 in Le Mans, so I feel a special connection there with the city, and I've been to the race many, many times, just as a pure spectator when I was younger, to inside the paddock, and then living the race a bit more with my friends from the inside.

"For me there is such a special atmosphere.

"Doing the race online, already when I see how much excitement I got from just driving on my simulator at home, I can just imagine in reality it must be incredible.

"Obviously one day I'd like to do it, but right now I'm focussing 100% on F1. But if a good opportunity comes to do it in good conditions, for sure I'll be tempted."

shares
comments
Herta completes Virtual Race of Champions grid

Previous article

Herta completes Virtual Race of Champions grid

Next article

Solberg recalls how he started gaming with Colin McRae

Solberg recalls how he started gaming with Colin McRae
Load comments

About this article

Series Esports
Drivers Pierre Gasly
Author Adam Cooper
How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize Prime

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How seriously should Esports be taken? Prime

How seriously should Esports be taken?

As interest in Esports has increased during the coronavirus lockdown, the lines have become blurred between what's real and what's virtual - especially when some high-profile participants seem to be playing for laughs, says Luke Smith

Esports
Jun 10, 2020
Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Esports
May 26, 2020
How Leclerc is embracing his new mission Prime

How Leclerc is embracing his new mission

The emergence of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as a Twitch streaming star has been one of the pleasant surprises of lockdown so far. He says it is giving fans a greater insight into his nature, but that's not his primary purpose

Formula 1
Apr 23, 2020
Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Prime

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

The lack of real track action so far this year hasn't stop drivers from keeping their racing brains 'fresh', as former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne suggested last weekend.

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2020
F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020