Enzo Fittipaldi wins first race of F1 virtual GP series

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Enzo Fittipaldi wins first race of F1 virtual GP series
Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, the grandson of double Formula One world champion Emerson, won the first virtual grand Prix of the year for Haas on Sunday after a scrap with Arthur Leclerc, younger brother of Ferrari driver Charles.

The 19-year-old gained the 36 lap race around a video version of Austria’s Red Bull Ring after the starting grid was set in a dash race featuring skilled avid gamers from the F1 esports series.

That five-lap opener was won by Ferrari’s 2019 esports champion David Tonizza, making certain New Zealand’s F2 driver Marcus Armstrong — a Ferrari Driver Academy member — began the characteristic race on pole.

Leclerc began third due to the efforts of double esports champion Brendon Leigh in his first race for Ferrari after leaving Mercedes.

Leclerc was handed by Fittipaldi on lap 28 and dropped to 3rd on the end, behind Mercedes’ Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne when penalties have been utilized.

Actual Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, representing Alfa Romeo, set the quickest lap of the race.

The digital Grand Prix collection consists of three races on successive weekends, with the opposite two on digital Silverstone and Interlagos circuits.

System One staged virtual grand Prix with avid gamers, celebrities, and some of the teams’ actual drivers final 12 months to supply leisure whereas the season was on maintain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The eight races staged have been watched by greater than 30 million people, based on System One, with Williams’ George Russell rising as the winner.

Russell needed to withdraw from Sunday’s race but Canadian team Nicholas Latifi took half. Former F1 drivers competing have been Vandoorne, Anthony Davidson, Alexander Albon, Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Fittipaldi’s older brother Pietro.

This year’s races have a charity prize fund with groups’ winnings going to the causes of their selection.

The actual System One season starts in Bahrain on March 28.

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