F1 Virtual GP: Alex Albon wins after race-long Charles Leclerc duel

Red Bull’s Alex Albon denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a Virtual GP hat-trick with a maiden win in F1’s Esports series after a barnstorming race-long duel.

And a three-second time penalty for exceeding track limits meant Leclerc ultimately slipped to third, with George Russell taking second place for Williams.

But it was a race around the virtual version of Brazil’s Interlagos circuit that was dominated by a constant wheel-to-wheel and ever-changing battle between Albon and Leclerc.

The pair seemingly worked together in the opening laps to build a gap to the rest of the field as they slipstreamed and repeatedly changed positions down the circuit’s main straight, before battle truly commenced after the pit stops.

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