Ferrari's Charles Leclerc needed just eight days of practice to annihilate the Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix field and take victory on his competitive Esports debut.
Renault junior Guanyu Zhou was a worthy winner of F1's first-ever Virtual GP - aimed at filling the void left by the postponement of the real-life F1 season. However, that first race was a frenetic lottery, labelled farcical by many and for good reason. Three-time grand prix winner Johnny Herbert cutting Turn 1 to storm from the back of the grid to first place tells you all you need to know about the merit of succeeding in that race.
This past weekend's Virtual GP at Albert Park couldn't have contrasted against that race more. Another Renault junior, Formula 2 newcomer Christian Lundgaard, set a 1m19.415s to take pole position, which would have been enough to place him a very respectable P19 on the grid for the F1 Esports Pro Exhibition Race - featuring the fastest drivers on Codemasters' F1 2019.