LONDON (Reuters) – George Russell took a runaway win for Williams in Formula One’s virtual Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the day the cancelled showcase race should have taken place in real life.
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – March 12, 2020 Williams’ George Russell arriving to the circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Mercedes reserve Esteban Gutierrez finished 39 seconds behind with local hero Charles Leclerc third for Ferrari in a home race in every sense given that he was competing from his Monaco apartment on a simulator.
It was Russell’s second successive win in a series of virtual races pitting regular F1 drivers against celebrities and aimed at providing entertainment in a season yet to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The race, after a wet qualifying, would have wiped out the field in real life with cars banging and barging their way around the simulated version of the familiar track while…
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