Williams driver unstoppable in Virtual Canadian GP, so finishes series with four conseuctive wins and the unofficial title; Real-life F1 returns with Austrian GP on July 3-5, live on Sky Sports F1
Last Updated: 14/06/20 7:56pm
George Russell will head back to F1’s real-racing world the following month as the undisputed king of the Esports one after claiming a fourth straight win, in the final edition of the Virtual GP series.
In maintaining recent races, Russell was unstoppable at the start at the computerised version of Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which time beat Red Bull rival and long-time friend Alex Albon by six seconds on the highway – which became 15 seconds in the final classification once three time penalties were factored in.
When does F1 return: The first dates for 2020 season
With Charles Leclerc not engaging in the finale, Russell was already fully guaranteed to just take the honours in the ‘points’ standings for the general series and thus – unofficially at least – he took the crown as champion.
Esteban Gutierrez was third for Mercedes, who missed on a race victory in F1’s virtual world.
Debutant Caio Collet, 18, was fourth for Renault, but AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was disqualified.
Underling the differences between your real and virtual racing world, Albon was told by his race engineer at one point that Russell had offered to decrease up front to create it more interesting.
But there was eventually no such charity from the dominant Englishman, who recently remarked that victories in the Virtual GP series were doing wonders for his profile.
“It may not be the real thing but it’s been such a buzz battling for wins with the lads again these past months. I’d missed that feeling!” tweeted Russell.
“Enjoyed the series way more than I expected. No matter what you do you’ve gotta give it everything! #VirtualGP Champ… cheers everyone!”
It might not be the real thing but it’s been such a buzz battling for wins with the lads again these past months. I’d missed that feeling!
Enjoyed the series a lot more than I expected. No matter everything you do you’ve gotta give it every thing!#VirtualGP Champ… cheers every one! 🏆🙌 pic.twitter.com/HQmF13YlA0
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) June 14, 2020
F1’s go back to racing at the Austrian GP in the beginning of July is unlikely to prove quite so eye-catching for Russell, with Williams still playing catch up after two seasons at the back of the grid.
However, after an even more promising pre-season back in February, the Grove squad are optimistic of a more competitive 2020 – even when a repeat of Russell’s Esports wins are notably unlikely.
Who won F1’s Virtual GPs?
Bahrain – Guanyu Zhou, Renault
Vietnam – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
China – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Netherlands – Alex Albon, Red Bull
Spain – George Russell, Williams
Monaco – George Russell, Williams
Azerbaijan – George Russell, Williams
Canada – George Russell, Williams
The Formula 1 season will begin on July 3-5 live on Sky Sports F1 with the Austrian GP. The race is the firstly eight in 10 weeks in Europe, with every race go on Sky Sports.