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Charles Leclerc will be seeking a third successive Virtual Esports Grand Prix victory when the latest race takes place from Interlagos on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Ferrari driver took the chequered flag at the Australian Grand Prix, which we correctly tipped at a speculative 12/1!
Leclerc won by over six seconds having been on pole, despite only having received a copy of the game less than a week before the race.
Christian Lundgaard, who had been fastest in qualifying but was demoted to sixth after taking a penalty, was second with Williams’ George Russell making up the podium ahead of Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur.
Former F1 world champion Jenson Button and England cricket hero Ben Stokes also participated in the race.
Leclerc then followed that up with victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Alex Albon in second and Formula 2 driver Guanyu Zhou – the winner of the first Virtual race in Bahrain – coming home in third.
The Monegasque tweeted afterwards: “I’m actually enjoying very much playing, and streaming. And I enjoy it even more when I win.
“But the post race celebrations are somehow feeling a bit different.
“Switching off the computer and go cook white pasta is a bit less glamour than spraying champagne on the podium.”
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Golfer Ian Poulter, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Lazio striker Ciro Immobile were among the participants.
Interlagos, in Brazil, is the venue for the fourth race of the Virtual GP series, with Leclerc the 7/10 favourite for another victory in our Virtual Brazilian Grand Prix predictions.
F1 rivals Albon, Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi will be looking to bring an end to Leclerc’s 100 per cent record.
Albon is 7/2 for his first success in the series and 4/5 to claim another podium finish.
Latifi, whose F1 debut has been delayed having signed for Williams for 2020, is 9/4 to come in the top three.
Chinese driver Zhou, who has been on the podium twice in the three races, is 8/1 for a second win and 7/4 to be placed in the top three to round off our Virtual Brazilian Grand Prix predictions.
Stokes takes part again along with England cricket team-mate Stuart Broad, Poulter has another go too while Norwegian rally champion Petter Solberg is also in the field.
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