George Russell makes it four wins from four in series finale Virtual Canadian Grand Prix
Up until just a few months ago George Russell had never tried sim racing and didn't even own a rig setup, but on Sunday evening he proved he is the new master of the art by wrapping up his fourth consecutive victory in the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series.
The Williams driver had taken wins in the Monaco, Spanish and Azerbaijan races aver the past few weeks and he followed that hat-trick up with a fourth win on the trot in the Virtual Canadian Grand Prix – the last race in the series before the real F1 season begins in Austria next week.
Russell took pole position with Red Bull's Alex Albon in second place, but when the lights went out the Williams man shot off the line and out into a lead he would never lose as he wrapped up the unofficial F1 Esports championship.
From the very first lap Russell was in control of the race . "It's been great, it's kept us busy, kept us entertained, that's for sure," he said. "And from my side, I put a lot of hard work and effort in and I'm glad I've got some good results to show for it."
Russell eventually finished over six seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Alex Albon in the Red Bull – and in fact so comfortable was Russell's lead, he even offered to slow down in the closing stages to allow Albon to battle him on track, an offer that was swiftly refused by Albon.
Elsewhere, Mercedes' Esteban Gutierrez completed the podium in third with Renault Academy driver Caio Collet coming home fourth for the French team on his Virtual GP debut.
Meanwhile Virtual Bahrain GP winner and F2 racer Guanyu Zhou took sixth for Renault, ahead of Nicholas Latifi in the second Williams.