They started off the eighth and ninth rows and from there, the first few corners proved decisive. Andrea was hit and spun, which dropped him right down to last place. Tonio avoided the collision and made up a few places to go P16. For much of the race, only a few tenths separated our drivers. Andrea managed to move up to P14, but a mistake saw him once again drop down the order. At the front, the battle was closely fought between Leclerc and Russell, both men choosing a one-stop strategy, which proved to be the best option. Alex Albon gambled on a two-stop, but it didn’t pay off and he finished fourth.
Vitantonio Liuzzi (P16):
“The race was fun, even though I lost a bit of time, making a few too many mistakes. I didn’t have many days to get used to the F1 2019 game and only managed very little running time this week, which wasn’t enough to get into a rhythm, which is why I started the race from a long way back. But it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it! It was also nice to be able to represent what used to be my team and my family in Formula 1. I was hoping for a better result, but time wasn’t on our side. I want to thank Red Bull and Scuderia AlphaTauri for this opportunity and I hope I might be able to do it again.”
Andrea Pirillo (P17):
“I am glad I was able to take part, as I had a really great time. In qualifying I ran into a lot of traffic and in the end, I had just a couple of good attempts to set a quick time. I chose to start the race on soft tyres, before switching to the hards and going all the way to the end. However, shortly after the start, I was involved in a collision, which dropped me back to last place. I tried to fight my way back and got as high as P14, but then I made a mistake and lost a few more places. After that, there wasn’t much I could do. All the same, it was a great experience and an honour to race for Scuderia AlphaTauri. I thank the team and Red Bull Italy for the opportunity.”
The Virtual GP audience is growing race by race, especially on digital platforms. Last weekend’s race had over 9 million views with an overall audience of 2.5 million. If you want to watch yesterday’s races, which include not only F1, but also F2 and the Pro Exhibition Race for professional sim racers, just click here.
The next round, the Virtual Monaco GP, takes place on 24 May.