The British of Williams has achieved his second consecutive victory
Gutiérrez has ‘stolen’ second place from Leclerc in the closing stages
George Russell has met no opposition at the virtual Monaco Grand Prix. The British, who came second, soon rose to the top of the standings and set a devilish pace to achieve his second consecutive victory in this virtual competition – after the one achieved in Spain.
The event started with a qualification –short format, with an 18-minute single session– in the wet, in which Pietro Fittipaldi surprised with an impressive 1’22”406 to take the pole without reckoning, with George Russell second more. four-tenths and David Schumacher third. Charles Leclerc, fourth thanks to a penalty to Louis Delétraz.
At the start, George Russell has risen like a thunderbolt to the first position and Arthur Leclerc has made a spectacular first few meters to place second. David Schumacher has remained third and Pietro Fittipaldi has fallen to fourth place when leaving with medium tires.
Just one lap later, Fittipaldi would fall to fifth, as Charles Leclerc quickly overtook him … and the Monegasque, by all accounts, got rid of David Schumacher on the third lap – with a risky move in Portier – to move up to third place. and set the sights on Russell and his brother Arthur.
However, the excessive aggressiveness of Charles Leclerc has taken its toll on him in the initial part of the race, since in the fifth lap he has received a penalty for continuously exceeding the limits of the track and his career has been considerably hampered.
From there, George Russell has managed to escape at the top of the race and has allowed the chasing group to constantly fight. Between Arthur Leclerc, Lando Norris, Pietro Fittipaldi, Charles Leclerc and company there has been a ‘festival’ of overtaking and sanctions, which has given free rein to the British of Williams.
A few laps later than the equator of the race, Russell had an advantage over his first pursuer – Charles Leclerc – of over 30 seconds! In this way, the Briton has been able to afford to pit his stop quietly and leave on fresh tires until the end of the race.
In the end, George has achieved a comfortable victory that is the second of his own account in this virtual championship, while Esteban Gutiérrez, with a two-stop strategy, has snatched second place from the podium from a Charles Leclerc who had the tires on the tarps in the final bars.
The battle for fourth position has been more than intense between Alexander Albon and Arthur Leclerc, especially in the last few laps, but it has finally ended up with the Red Bull driver. Pietro Fittipaldi has had to settle for sixth position, ahead of Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi. Likewise, Louis Delétraz and David Schumacher complete the ‘top 10’; Valtteri Bottas, eleventh and on the verge of points in his debut.
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