George Russell becomes the first driver to win three F1 eSports competitions

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Posted on: June 8, 2020 6:19 pm EDT

The Grand Prix racer sits in first place in the F1 eSports standings after a weekend rally

Formula One’s virtual Grand Prix is hot, and a new name is sitting at the top of the competition after an outstanding performance yesterday. Williams’ driver George Russell just became the first F1 driver to complete a hat trick of eSports wins and now there is only one race remaining. As a result of his performance, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been sent to the second place.

The Brit has been quite successful in both physical and competitive scene; he won the 2018 F2 title, but was unable to score a point during last year’s season driving in an uncompetitive car. But on Sunday, Russell lead from the pole to the checkered flag while competing on the virtual Baku circuit. He is only 22 years old and he won three races in a row. He was assisted by the fact that Leclerc finished 14th and behind Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois finished 11th.

This virtual race was held on the day in which the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was scheduled and later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While he was taking part in this virtual race, Russell was only concerned about tire wear towards the end, just like he would be on a real racetrack. “I thought that’s what people do when they win, you’ve got to pretend that the tires are going away, and you look like a hero at the end,” he said. “I’m definitely going to want more of this when we get back to the real world. I’m not too sure how we’ll perform in Austria, I’ll definitely do my best but no promises I’ll be standing on the top step again.”