Charles Leclerc wins victory at the start of Virtual GP


Six Formula 1 drivers took part in the last official Grand Prix of the sport, and Charles Leclerc came out on top.

The second race in the series had many more big names from the Formula 1 world. Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi returned but were this time joined by Leclerc, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell. Jenson Button also joined the grid, as did Arthur Leclerc, Charles’ younger brother.

The siblings immediately showed that they wanted to do business in qualifying, Charles taking P2 and Arthur P5. The other F1 drivers also entered the top 10 with the Ferrari man. Russell successfully completed P3 with Albon in P6 just ahead of Latifi, Giovinazzi and Norris.

Norris, the most impressive Esports peloton, could never make up for his disappointing qualifying performance as he was expelled from the session before the lights went out. As the rest began, instead he called Max Verstappen for a shoulder to cry on.

Fortunately, there were no such problems for others. Leclerc moved away to maintain his lead at the start, just ahead of Russell, Albon and his brother. Further on, Giovinazzi and Latifi fought with Stoffel Vandoorne for P7.

The Alban Red Bull then dropped out of order in P12 when the Thai driver braked too much and went to the barriers. It is rumored that Helmut Marko is seriously considering dropping him for the next race.

Russell then made a mistake on his part, allowing a Leclerc 1-2 to take shape. But that didn’t last long, as F2 driver Christina Lundgaard forced Arthur to make a mistake that brought him back to P5 after eight laps.

The pit stop window then opened and Button briefly went to the dizzying heights of P2 before entering and joining P7. After everyone had opposed the new tires, Charles Leclerc was still leading comfortably ahead of Lundgaard and Russell. It would be the same for the rest of the race because neither of them managed to approach him.

The most entertaining battle of the last few stages has proven to be the fight for P4 between his brother and Giovinazzi, the former having won with a pass from turn 1 inside which Daniel Ricciardo would be proud of.

Behind them, Albon has recovered to take the P8 while Latifi has returned home in P11, between Pietro Fittipaldi and Button. A train of cars followed the former Brawn driver closely on the line, with Johnny Herbert and Ben Stokes a minute and a half away.

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