In the round-up: Having missed the first Virtual Grand Prix of the new series, George Russell returned to extend the four-race winning streak he ended last season with.

2021 Virtual British Grand Prix

Russell and Alexander Albon swapped the lead over the final laps of the second Virtual Grand Prix, but it was immaterial to the outcome of the race. Albon incurred a three-second time penalty at half-distance, so it made no difference that he nipped by Russell on the Hangar straight on the final lap.

The result means Russell remains undefeated in the last five Virtual GPs he has shown up for. Callum Ilott took third, having led the early stages thanks to pole position won for him by esports Pro driver Brendon Leigh in the qualifying sprint race.

Enzo Fittipaldi, who won in Russell’s absence last week, came in fifth behind brother and Haas team mate Pietro Fittipaldi. Haas lead the points standings with one round to go, on 57 points ahead of Ferrari’s squad, which competes under the name FDA Esports.

Aside from Russell, the only current Formula 1 driver to compete in the race was his real-world team mate Nicholas Latifi, who took seventh behind Red Bull Junior Team member Liam Lawson. As in the opening round, many drivers collected penalties in the half-distance event, with only five finishers not having time added.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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