Monaco is the jewel within the crown of Formula 1 and it was at all times going to provide a chaotic Virtual GP.
Formula 1 should be returning in July with a double-header at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. For now although, we’ve nonetheless acquired the Virtual GP to maintain us entertained on the weekend.
George Russell claimed his first win within the collection final time in Spain after an unbelievable battle with Charles Leclerc. Russell, Leclerc and Alexander Albon have been the cream of the crop on the Virtual GP’s, however can anyone else climb to the highest of the rostrum?
This weekend was meant to have the Monaco GP however the occasion has been cancelled for 2020 and gained’t be rescheduled. The streets of Monte Carlo are the best problem in Formula 1 and the tight and twisty roads had been at all times going to provide an eventful race!
Here’s our rundown of the motion within the principality.
Virtual Monaco GP Highlights
David Schumacher emulated his uncle’s unbelievable 2012 fastest qualifying lap by sensationally went on provisional pole with a couple of minutes to go.
It was one other relative of a world champion that began P1 although, as Pietro Fittipaldi claimed pole in his Haas.
Russell took the lead going into Turn 1, earlier than carnage ensued on the Casino. Antonio Giovinazzi spun his Alfa Romeo and all-but ended his race however not earlier than the Italian collected Valtteri Bottas on his Virtual GP debut.
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Albon certified down in P10 however climbed the order within the early phases. His luck quickly ran out although, as a collision with Esteban Gutierrez at Tabac noticed the Red Bull driver plummet down the standings.
Charles Leclerc emerged as Russell’s closest challenger after his brother Arthur was spun by Lando Norris. Arthur would get well to P5 although, solely dropping fourth after an beautiful battle with Albon.
Gutierrez opted for an aggressive 2-stop technique and this strategy paid off, the Mexican getting his Mercedes into P2 by the end. The incident with C. Leclerc within the tunnel sealed Gutierrez’s second podium a row.
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Penalties had been coming in thick and quick and Vitantonio Liuzzi earned the undesirable distinction of turning into the primary ever Virtual GP driver to be disqualified.
In the tip, Russell was untouchable, he was the one driver to keep away from the chaos and penalties behind to win his second digital race on the bounce.
So it was Russell in P1, adopted onto the rostrum by Gutierrez, C. Leclerc, however the place did everybody else end?
|3||Charles Leclerc||FDA Hublot Esports Team|
|4||Alex Albon||Red Bull Racing|
|5||Arthur Leclerc||FDA Hublot Esports Team|
|11||David Schumacher||Racing Point|
|12||Luca Salvadori||Alpha Tauri|
|13||Thibaut Courtois||Alfa Romeo|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo|
|17||Kai Lenny||Red Bull Racing|
|18||Luis Fonsi||Racing Point|
|19 (DNF)||Esteban Ocon||Renault|
|20 (DSQ)||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Alpha Tauri|
Social Media Reaction
Monaco is probably the most tough circuit to grasp on the F1 calendar and so as to add extra problem, qualifying was within the moist.
Most of the Formula 1 drivers have streams lively throughout these digital race weekends, together with Lando Norris. The McLaren driver exclaimed “No! Why does it have to rain?” when qualifying started.
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Luis Fonsi being on this GP was at all times going to conjure up some humour. The man behind the most-watched video on YouTube didn’t want lengthy to make an influence.
Fonsi held up Monaco native Charles Leclerc, whereas the Ferrari driver shouted “Despacito, go away please”.
What’s the following spherical?
The subsequent spherical of the Virtual GP season will happen in two week’s time. This time will probably be the Canadian GP on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, an actual fan-favourite!
Keep your eyes peeled on our website for all the driver bulletins forward of the race!