Virtual Formula 1: Ben Stokes last as Charles Leclerc's practice pays off

Ross Houston
April 6, 2020

Leclerc, who is expected to challenge for the real-world F1 title this year, offered his verdict on the key to his win while speaking on his Twitch channel after the race.

However, eSports is filling the live sport void and this weekend you can get your fill with the second installment of the official F1 Virtual Grand Prix.

The inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix could not take place today, but Formula 1 found an alternative for the Formula 1 fans.

Following the postponement or cancellation of the season's first eight races, the British-based outfit said it would lay off staff and apply to the British government's furlough scheme. Lundgaard had qualified on pole but a weird penalty saw him dropped down the grid and gave Leclerc a free run at victory, which he took by 14 seconds from Lundgaard by the virtual chequered flag. We are sitting on a chair so there's not even the G-force of a real vehicle and I'm sweating like insane!

"Probably (it could have been closer), but in the end the others shouldn't have done mistakes!" "The muscles are not hurting, but the concentration level is high and I have been sweating quite a lot".

"At least five hours each day".

"And towards the end of the week we made a decision to join all together with George, Alex and [to] stream everything live and it was very, very fun".

With F1 seeing more drivers getting involved for the second race, Leclerc says he is likely to return for the next official event in place of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks' time if Ferrari is happy for him to.

But don't worry about the professional F1 drivers racing off into the sunset, as "game settings will be configured in such a way to encourage competitive and entertaining racing".

And the second race promises to be even more of a spectacle.

Lundgaard recovered from his grid penalty to finish a solid second, after a good scrap at one stage with Leclerc's brother Artur, who was in the other Ferrari.

Stokes, meanwhile, a Red Bull athlete, will be slotting in for Max Verstappen as Albon's team-mate. And that was just on the first lap of the Virtual Bahrain GP!

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