LONDON: Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of double Formula One world champion Emerson, won the first virtual grand prix of the year for Haas on Sunday after a scrap with Arthur Leclerc, younger brother of Ferrari driver Charles.
The 19-year-old won the 36 lap race around a video version of Austria’s Red Bull Ring after the starting grid was set in a sprint race featuring professional gamers from the F1 esports series.
That five lap opener was won by Ferrari’s 2019 esports champion David Tonizza, ensuring New Zealand’s F2 driver Marcus Armstrong started the feature race on pole.
Leclerc started third thanks to the efforts of double esports champion Brendon Leigh in his first race for Ferrari after leaving Mercedes.
Leclerc was passed by Fittipaldi on lap 28 and dropped to third at the finish, behind Mercedes’ Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne when penalties were applied.
Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, representing Alfa Romeo, set the fastest lap of the race.