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Charles Leclerc has won the Vietnamese Grand Prix*
*Well, kinda... Leclerc dominated second virtual grand prix
Charles Leclerc has won a race. From his living room. Yep – the Ferrari F1 driver dominated last weekend’s virtual Vietnamese Grand Prix, beating Renault Academy driver Christian Lundgaard and Williams F1 driver George Russell into second and third positions respectively.
Need some background? Given it can’t stage any actual grands prix at the moment, Formula One has begun hosting races on the official F1 video game instead. Set to run until May, these virtual GPs take place on what would have been actual race weekends, giving F1 fans something to get their teeth into until the 2020 season finally gets underway.
Last weekend was supposed to be the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix, but because that track isn’t in F1 2019, the virtual GP was held at Australia’s Albert Park instead. Besides Leclerc and Russell, other current F1 drivers to compete included Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi. Other entrants included Jenson Button, Stoffel Vandoorne, Anthony Davidson, Johnny Herbert and, erm, cricketer Ben Stokes…
Oh and Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and F4 racer, who finished fourth in the 29-lap race. Originally broadcast on F1’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook pages, you can click right here to watch the highlights.
Next up it’s Shanghai on April 19th. The driver line-up isn’t yet confirmed, but wouldn’t it be great to see the likes of Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel give it a go?