Virtual Spanish GP Results & Standings: Russell wins after dramatic battle with Leclerc

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The Circuit de Catalunya hosted the Virtual Spanish GP the place drama and penalties determined the race.

There is speak of Formula 1 returning behind closed doors in July, however for now, the Virtual GP’s are right here to remain.

Alexander Albon gained final day out at Interlagos after one other thrilling battle with Charles Leclerc. Leclerc and Albon have been the category of the sector for the previous three races and are the massive favourites coming into this occasion.

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This weekend was meant to have the Spanish GP, which is hosted on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. This is the one circuit to have seen the 2020 F1 vehicles in motion, having hosted pre-season testing in February.

The Sao Paulo race final week was a stunner however was that replicated at this time? Here’s our rundown of the motion.

Virtual Spanish GP Highlights

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George Russell did his greatest to interrupt the Albon-Leclerc duopoly in qualifying by claiming pole place in qualifying. Russell acquired an terrible run via Turns 1 & 2 although, dropping to fifth by the tip of the primary lap.

Mercedes’ Esteban Gutierrez took the lead but it surely was a well-known story as Leclerc swung across the exterior into T1 to take P1. Albon adopted swimsuit on Lap 4 earlier than making a really early pit-stop at a circuit the place technique is essential.

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In a reverse of what occurred on the Dutch GP, Albon went aggressive with a 2-stop, with Leclerc on the 1-stop. Just like so many races across the Circuit de Catalunya although, monitor place is king.

Albon would dwell to rue his early cease. Russell was now Leclerc’s closest challenger however because the Brit closed up, he made what may’ve been a vital mistake.

Russell ran extensive and accrued a time penalty, the strict nook chopping guidelines coming into impact. The Williams driver quickly gave himself an opportunity of successful although, a superb transfer on Leclerc the next lap noticed him take the lead on-track.

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However, Russell needed to pull out a three-second hole and with the facility of DRS that was all the time going to be a giant ask. The pair swapped the lead in every of the closing laps, similar to we noticed every week in the past at Interlagos.

Despite Russell’s distinctive racing strains, it was trying as if his penalty would price him the win. Drama on the penultimate lap although, as Leclerc incurred a penalty of his personal, that means Russell led on each the monitor and on time!

Final classification

So it was Russell in P1, adopted onto the rostrum by Leclerc and Gutierrez, however the place did everybody else end?

Position Driver Team
1 George Russell Williams
2 Charles Leclerc FDA Hublot Esports Team
3 Esteban Gutierrez Mercedes
4 Alex Albon Red Bull Racing
5 Nicholas Latifi Williams
6 Anthony Davidson Mercedes
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas
9 Antonio Fuoco FDA Hublot Esports Team
10 Max Fewtrell Renault
11 Jimmy Broadbent Racing Point
12 Thibaut Courtois Alfa Romeo
13 David Schumacher Racing Point
14 Sergio Aguero Red Bull Racing
15 Nic Hamilton McLaren
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Alpha Tauri
17 Andreas Pirello Alpha Tauri
18 Ian Poulter Renault
19 Arthur Melo Haas
20 (DNF) Lando Norris McLaren

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The racing motion may not have been the most effective at instances however the strategic aspect of the race was top-notch.

Different methods combined up the sector making overtaking frequent up and down the grid.

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Alex Albon’s gutsy two-stop technique didn’t fairly repay regardless of his speedy tempo.

What’s the subsequent spherical?

The subsequent spherical of the Virtual GP season will happen in two week’s time. This time will probably be the Monaco GP in what’s certain to be an eventful race!

Keep your eyes peeled on our website for the entire driver bulletins forward of the race!

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