George Russell wins fourth race in a row as curtain comes down on F1 Virtual Grand Prix Series, delivered by Gfinity

The eighth and final Virtual GP saw F1 stars, young drivers, content creators, and celebrities line up at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for a thrilling and entertaining race, delivered by Gfinity.

The Canadian track is a fan favourite thanks to its fast, flowing nature and the consistency of wheel-to-wheel racing it produces. The Virtual Canadian Grand Prix did not disappoint.

Williams driver George Russell was once again the class of the field as he took an imperious pole position by half a second and then dominated from the front.

Trying to apply the pressure behind him was Red Bull’s Alex Albon, but he couldn’t get close enough to the Williams to take advantage on the slipstream and DRS on Canada’s long straights.

It was the midfield where the overtaking, and collisions, came.

A turn 1 collision caught Anthony Davidson, Pierre Gasly, and YouTuber Tiametmarduk out.

The Australian content creator was in the wars with Davidson for most of the race. The two tangled into the final chicane, ending up facing the wrong way thanks to an overtake-gone-wrong.

They were not the only victims of the Wall of Champions though. F1 rookie Nicholas Latifi found himself planted in the famous barrier of his home race early on as well.

Unofficial Champion

While there was no official championship for the Virtual Grand Prix Series, it hasn’t stopped some of the F1 teams, drivers, and fans from keeping score.

Early on it looked like Charles Leclerc would waltz away with the drivers’ title, but George Russell has been truly untouchable in the second half of the series. Racking up four wins on the trot, he claimed the “title” in superb fashion. Albon took second place as Charles Leclerc did not participate in the final race and ended up in third.

Russell is touted by many to take a Mercedes seat in 2021, while Leclerc claims he could compete with the F1 esports pros.

Whatever happens in the future, he has been a worthy champion of a superb series that has entertained fans around the world in the absence of Formula 1.

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