Albon on form in Baku to claim second at Azerbaijan Virtual GP

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Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver on the podium after battle with Russell.

Alex Albon was forced to settle for second place after an intense battle with George Russell at the Azerbaijan Virtual GP, while Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Matthias Walkner failed to enter the race due to technical issues. Here is all you need to know: 

Albon came into the seventh round of the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series on the back of fourth place at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

– This time Albon qualified in second place and was joined on the front row by Williams driver Russell who had already claimed two victories in the first six races. 

– Meanwhile, Albon’s teammate and virtual GP debutant, Walkner had just taken to the track in qualifying when a technical issue removed him from the game. This meant the Austrian rally raid biker was unable to take part in the race.

– Albon battled with Russell for the entire 26 lap race but was unable to overtake as he finished in second place. 

– Albon, 24, said: “Qualifying was a bit more chaotic than I was expecting but I was happy with my lap in the end and we started on the front row. From there, it was a straight race with George for all 26 laps but I just couldn’t catch him. I thought we might have made a mistake with the strategy, going for hard tyres instead of mediums like everyone else, but in the end George’s pace was just crazy.”

Albon added: “I expected a bigger tyre drop off from the guys on the mediums but still, it’s good to be back on the podium with second place! I feel for my teammate Matthias who didn’t get to experience qualifying or the race due to technical issues as I think he would’ve had a lot of fun, especially around a track like Baku. Hopefully he gets another chance at it soon.”

– The next round of the F1 Esports Virtual GP Series takes place at Montreal on Sunday 14 June.

F1 Virtual Grand Prix Result

1. George Russell – Williams
2. Alex Albon – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
3. Esteban Gutierez – Mercedes
4. Lando Norris – McLaren
5. Oscar Piastri – Renault
DNS. Matthias Walkner – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

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