Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 World Champion Emerson, won Haas’s first virtual Grand Prix of the year on Sunday after scrapping with Ferrari driver Charles’ younger brother Arthur Leclerc.
The 19-year-old won a 36-lap race around the video version of the Austrian Red Bull Ring after the starting grid was set for a sprint race featuring professional gamers in the F1 eSports series.
The five-lap opener confirmed that Ferrari’s 2019 e-sports champion David Tonitza won and New Zealand F2 driver Marcus Armstrong (a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy) started a feature race on the pole. Did.
Leclerc finished third in Ferrari’s first race after leaving Mercedes, thanks to the efforts of double esports champion Blendon Lee.
Leclerc passed Fittipaldi on lap 28 and fell to third place at the finish, behind Mercedes’ Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne when the penalty was applied.
Thibaut Courtois, who represents Real Madrid and Belgian goalkeeper Alfa Romeo, set the fastest lap for the race.
The Virtual Grand Prix series will consist of three races following the weekend, with the other two races at the Virtual Silverstone Circuit and the Interlagos Circuit.
Formula One staged a virtual grand prix last year with gamers, celebrities, and some of the team’s actual drivers to provide entertainment while the season was pending for the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Formula One, more than 30 million people watched the eight staged races, with George Russell of Williams emerging as the winner.
Russell had to withdraw from the race on Sunday, but Canadian teammate Nicholas Latifi joined. Former F1 drivers competing were Vandoorne, Anthony Davidson, Alex Albon, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Fittipaldi’s older brother Pietro.
There is a charity award fund for this year’s race, and the team’s prize money will be donated to the intended purpose.
The real F1 season begins on March 28th in Bahrain.
Enzo Fittipaldi wins first race in F1 Virtual GP series
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