Once again the start was the key moment. Off the front row, pole man Stoffel Vandoorne crashed backwards into the wall, which led to further collisions. Further back, off the eighth row, our driver, footballer Alessio Romagnoli, the Milan and Italian international defender got caught out, when the car in front of him jumped the start, so that he ended up doing the same, by a few thousandths of a second and was given a drive through penalty on the second lap. A shame, as the Italian had avoided the chaos at the start and had closed up to the top ten.
In our other car, a star of the English cricket team, Stuart Broad, started from 17th on the grid and he maintained that position, finding himself ahead of Alessio after the Italian’s penalty. Romagnoli got by, but Stuart got into the racing spirit and tried to retake the position, only to spin. So our drivers carried on racing in between 16th and 18th places, enjoying the opportunity afforded them, thanks also to the efforts of Red Bull Italia and Red Bull UK.
They both had a great pace, less than a second off the best, but the top ten was by then a long way off. After the run of pit stops, Alessio found himself behind the McLaren of Jelly, a famous gaming YouTuber. The footballer had the better pace and with a great move at the Senna Esses, the Milan captain got by to finish 15th, two places ahead of Stuart.
Alessio Romagnoli (P15):
“I really enjoyed myself a lot! Unfortunately, I slightly jumped the start, caught out by the car in front of me. So I had to take a drive through penalty immediately on the second lap. A shame, as I had the pace to run a great race. I want to sincerely thank Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Italy for this opportunity. It was really exciting, thanks again everyone!”
Stuart Broad (P17):
“I loved the race, although I don’t think I was as quick as I had been in practice. Maybe I was a bit more tense and had a few more nerves. But I put in some nice laps and had a really good tussle with Alessio for a few laps until I clipped his rear left which spun me round. I think if it had been a real race, we would have been called into the office to explain why we were crashing as team-mates. It was such fun to be on the track with some of the world’s best. Seeing the times they were doing was just frightening! I’m a huge Formula 1 fan and now I’m also a huge fan of virtual Grand Prix too. I want to thank Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull UK for this opportunity”
Virtual F1 is back in just a week’s time on 10 May with the Virtual Spanish GP. And if you want to see all of last night’s action, you can watch it here!