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F1’s YouTube channel reaches 4 billion total views

The official F1 YouTube channel has amassed a total of over four billion views on its videos.

According to data on social media analytics site Social Blade, the official YouTube channel for Formula 1 reached four billion total views yesterday across all videos posted on the platform.

With 6.89 million subscribers, Formula 1 is by far the most popular official motorsport series channel on the video sharing platform, ahead of Moto GP (4.6m subscribers) and dwarfing NASCAR (798,000), the World Rally Championship (738,000), Formula E ( 688,000), IndyCar (312,000) and the World Endurance Championship (169,000).

The most popular video on F1’s official channel is a countdown of the top ten most dramatic pit lane incidents in the sport, uploaded in January 2019, with 26 million views. A highlights video of December’s championship deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has amassed 16 million total views.

Verstappen returns to endurance simracing after Le Mans crash

Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen is taking part in his second 24 hour endurance sim race in two weeks by racing in the top split of the iRacing Daytona 24 Hours event.

Verstappen had competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual last weekend for Team Redline, but crashed out of the race from the lead seven hours in after losing control in the Ford Chicane.

Racing in the GTD class in a Porsche with Team Redline once again alongside team mates Gianni Vecchio and Chris Lulham, Verstappen’s team were running in second place but were hit by technical issues that dropped them down the field.

IndyCar driver Romain Grosjean is also competing in a different split, with popular YouTube personality Jimmy Broadbent as one of his team mates for Grosjean’s R8G team.

Montoya wins opening Formula Regional Asia race

Sebastian Montoya won the first round of the Formula Regional Asian F3 championship in Abu Dhabi after the race was blighted by multiple safety cars.

Montoya – son of multiple Indy 500 winner and former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya – won from pole position ahead of Gabriele Mini, with Ferrari academy driver Arthur Leclerc taking third.

Red Bull junior drivers Isack Hadjar and Jak Crawford finished fourth and 11th, respectively, while Mercedes junior driver Paul Aron crashed out after contact with Pepe Marti.

There will be two more races at the Yas Marina circuit today to complete the first of five rounds in the month-long series.

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