Albon grabs second to finish F1 Esports Virtual GP Series on high

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Debutant Olsson runs fourth before race incident drops former skier down.

Alexander Albon finished the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series on a high with second place around Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as teammate Jon Olsson finished 19th. Here is all you need to know:

– The eighth and final round of the series that replaced actual 2020 Formula One races saw Thai-British driver Albon joined by debutant and former skier Olsson.

– The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing duo knew they would have to dig deep at the Virtual Canadian GP to deny in-form Williams driver George Russell.

– Albon had a strong qualifying to start the finale from the front row in second, meanwhile two-time Winter X Games gold medallist Olsson qualified back in 20th.

– The race got off to a brilliant start for Olsson, who climbed up to 10th on the opening lap before Albon entered into a fascinating duel with polesitter Russell.

– Swede Olsson delivered an amazing debut, running as high as fourth, before falling victim to a racing incident that put him down in 19th at the chequered flag.

– Olsson, 37, said: “I absolutely loved it – it was so great to be a part of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and the race was going amazingly until a hit from behind put me into the wall of champions. It was a true F1 experience!”

– Albon, 24, added: “I messed up my qualifying pretty badly, but I had really bad connection issues which didn’t help. The pace was there but I got track limits in Turn One which was marginal, then on my next push lap where I was purple in sectors one and two, I got traffic in the last sector which ended my chances of pole. Still, P2 wasn’t a bad place to start the race from but then my internet just got worse. At the start, my game kept lagging and jumping so it was hard to know where I was on track. I had more pace to give but another second place on the podium will do. Well done to my teammate Jon who drove an amazing recovery race and I hope he enjoyed the experience at a track like Montreal. The Virtual GPs have been a lot fun and they’ve definitely kept us active, but now I’m looking forward to getting back to the real thing.”

F1 Virtual Canadian GP selected results:
1. George Russell – Williams
2. Alex Albon – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
3. Esteban Gutierrez – Mercedes
4. Caio Collet – Renault
5. Ben Daly – McLaren
19. Jon Olsson – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

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