Leclerc dominates Virtual Vietnam GP for its beginnings in Esports


The second virtual GP, to replace the postponed real F1 season, took place in Albert Park with the new circuit of Vietnam not presented in the 2019 F1 game from Codemasters. Formula 2 driver Lundgaard took pole position ahead of Leclerc and another simulation novice, Williams F1 driver George Russell.

However, a penalty of five places on the grid for a collision in qualifying for Lungaard propelled Leclerc to pole.

Leclerc took advantage of this advantage to build a comfortable lead on the first lap, which he would maintain for the entire 29-lap race.

“It was incredibly difficult,” said Leclerc after the race. “I sweat like crazy. Great race. Eight days ago [I bought the game], but I’ve spent quite a few hours on it. At least five hours a day. “

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He won the race more than 14 seconds ahead of Lundgaard, who took second place from Charles’ brother, Arthur, when the pair hit turn eight in turn 1.

Lundgaard took the grass out of the corner, but got back on the track soon after, to take second place while Arthur found himself in the gravel and fell to fourth place. Russell finished second early but a turn 1 turn 5 lap left him behind Lundgaard and Arthur Leclerc before his own mistake.

Russell de Williams completed the podium ahead of Arthur Leclerc, who overtook Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.

Mercedes Formula E star Stoffel Vandoorne took sixth place ahead of Haas F1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz, who had two separate collisions with the wall throughout the race.

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon climbed to third in the first lap before turning out of the high speed corners 11/12 to 15e place.

He recovered to finish in eighth place ahead of popular streamer Jimmy Broadbent and 2020 F1 rookie Nicholas Latifi. 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button just missed a spot in the top 10 in 11e place.

The next virtual GP will take place in two weeks on the Shanghai virtual circuit.

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