In the round-up: George Russell won the final Virtual Grand Prix race of the three-round season, while Enzo Fittipaldi and Haas finished as top scorers.

Russell extends winning run in Virtual GP

Despite lining up a lowly 14th on a grid decided by the results of the Esports Pro drivers’ race, Russell was up to third place by the end of the first lap. A first corner crash involving Arthur Leclerc, who was knocked into a spin after taking the lead, delayed several of his rivals.

Russell took the lead by lap three and was never seriously threatened for victory from there on. He came home ahead of Enzo Fittipaldi, who ended the series as top driver on points having won the opening round which Russell missed. Fittipaldi’s Haas team won the championship and claim the largest share of the $100,000 prize pot for the charity of their choice.

Alexander Albon collected a time penalty for track limits abuse on his way to third, as did 12 of the 17 finishers. With Nicholas Latifi sitting out the final race, Russell was the only active F1 driver on the grid at the end of the series, which didn’t attract any of the 2021 roster besides the Williams pair.

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