Luis Fonsi of ‘Despacito’ Fame Joins Virtual Monaco GP


by in General | May, 21st 2020

Oh, I bet you thought “Despacito” was done with once and for all! Luis Fonsi’s earworm smash hit was everywhere in 2017, no matter where or how. It was virtually inescapable. But he’s back in a brand-new way with some virtual F1 action this Sunday! He’s joining in for the Monaco Grand Prix, and you won‘t want to miss it.

Despacito II: The Revenge of the Hit


Luis Fonsi will be joining up with eight F1 drivers including Ferrari’s Charles who is likely to be a hometown favorite even in this virtual race. He’s not the only familiar face either. Last year’s world championship runner-up, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) as well as his six-time champion, Lewis Hamilton are both joining. Renault Esteban Ocon is making his virtual debut alongside those two racers.

Originally, this weekend was going to be for the Formula One showcase. This is the first time since 1954 that it had to be canceled. Of course, this is thanks to COVID-19 showing up and ruining fun across the globe. There was Formula One race back in December, though there is hope that no-fans races will take place in July.

It sounds like Bottas is taking his training seriously, as it’s been all over his Instagram. They will be partnering with Mercedes’ Mexican reserve Esteban Gutierrez. Ocon will pair up with Nicolas Prost, who is the son of four-time world champion Alain, for Renault.

Who else can we expect? Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Lando Norris (McLaren), Monaco-based Thai Alex Albon (Red Bull), and the Williams pairing of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi. Is Luis Fonsi the only celebrity joining in on the F1 action though?

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (striker) joins Norris in McLaren’s lineup. Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois returns with Alfa Romeo (goalkeeper). There is also a motorcycle star taking part too, with Luca Salvadori (AlphaTauri), in addition to a pro surfer, Kai Lenny (Red Bull).

Finally, former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher’s son, David will join Fonsi (Racing Point). The choice to bring in Fonsi is an interesting one. Is there an intersection between his music and F1 racing? Or perhaps he’s just a really big fan. This could be a great way to cross-promote and bring more people to watch Formula One, so we’ll just have to see how it goes. These tend to have pretty solid turnouts, but more can’t hurt!

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