Pierre finished a strong fifth in the virtual Le Mans race in the LMP category, teamed up at Veloce Esports with Jean-Eric Vergne, Jarno Opmeer and Isaac Gillissen. It was an exciting and action packed race and you can see Pierre’s stints at the wheel here. The classic endurance event at La Sarthe Circuit ended at 15:00 CEST and just four hours later, Pierre, joined by our special guest Scottish rocker Simon Neil, was taking part in the F1 Esports race.
They qualified P8 and P19 respectively, but Pierre had to start from P13 as he took a five place grid penalty and the bad luck continued from there. Pierre was involved in several collisions at the start and found himself last. Simon was also down the back, but he lapped consistently throughout, finishing 17th after two pit stops. Pierre was on the same strategy and moved up to 8th after a nice run of passing moves, but he was disqualified for cutting too many corners. As for the Scotsman, his race owed much to the advice he got from Daniil Kvyat, which he applied in lengthy practice sessions, working hard alongside our former Esports driver Frederik Rasmussen.
Simon Neil (P17):
“My first virtual Grand Prix was really incredible. Thanks so much to Scuderia AlphaTauri for inviting me. It was amazing to share a track with some of the best race drivers in the world. I did better than I thought I would. I expected to come in last! I just wanted to make sure I finished and I was 17th. So, very happy with that, it was a ton of fun and I’ve definitely caught the bug. See you on the track again soon.”
Pierre Gasly (DSQ):
“I’ve never had such a chaotic race! I had a car spin in front of me and could not avoid hitting it so that spoilt my qualifying and got me a 5 place penalty. Then I was taken off at the start at the second corner which dropped me to the back again. I managed to pull some nice overtaking moves but unfortunately I got disqualified for too many warnings. It was a shame I could not have a cleaner race. It was quite challenging just after the Le Mans 24 Hours race. That was quite an experience being part of a 24 hour race, driving three stints of 2 hours and slept very little. So you are very tired and excited at the same time. In the final few hours we were fighting between P4 and P6 and a great strategy meant we finished P5 just a few seconds behind P4. Now I’m going to have a good rest and I can’t wait to be getting back in the real car and do some real racing, which I miss even more after these interesting virtual Grands Prix.”
George Russell took a fourth consecutive win for Williams. An enjoyable experience thus comes to an end and here in our team, we enjoyed working with so many sports stars and celebrities and well known names from the world of the web, all of who were big fans of Formula 1 and sim racing. We thank everyone who was involved from Formula 1, to Red Bull Italy and Red Bull Racing Esports.