Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc wins virtual Chinese Grand Prix

Charles-Leclerc

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the qualifying session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix. (Andy Wong/AP)

Charles Leclerc has won his second straight F1 Virtual Grand Prix after taking the checkered flag on the Shanghai track.

The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in pole position and finished ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Guanyu Zhou, who races for UNI-Virtuosi Racing in Formula 2.

The 22-year-old Leclerc, who has won two F1 races, only started playing the video game at the start of the month.

“Charles got the better of me and I am disappointed, back to the drawing board for round three,” Albon said. “It’s not the real thing but to keep time ticking over it’s been really good.”

The actual Chinese GP, originally scheduled for April 19, was postponed in February.

With the F1 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the sport launched a virtual series to keep fans entertained.

Golfer Ian Poulter came 18th while Lazio striker Ciro Immobile was 17th.

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