In the round-up: Ferrari Driver Academy member Enzo Fittipaldi won the season-opening Virtual Grand Prix after a spate of penalties.

Virtual Grand Prix round one: Red Bull Ring

Fittipaldi came from ninth on the grid to win the first of three rounds in the Virtual Grand Prix series.

However the race was marred by time penalties: The 17 drivers still running at the flag collected 46 between them, almost all of which were for exceeding track limits. This figure excludes those collected by Vitantonio Liuzzi, who was disqualified for repeated violations on lap 15 of 36, and two other drivers who did not finish.

A single competitor – Formula 3 champion and Renault junior driver Oscar Piastri – did not receive a penalty. Nicholas Latifi was the only active Formula 1 driver to take part in the competition after team mate George Russell was unable to participate.

Fittipaldi, driving for Haas, emerged on top in a scrap with fellow FDA member Arthur Leclerc. However his three penalties to Fittipaldi’s one not only ensured Leclerc would finish behind, but cost him a position to a fast-closing Stoffel Vandoorne, who was promoted to second on the rostrum.

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On this day in F1

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