RACE DEBRIEF

    George Russell dominated Sunday evening's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix, winning by almost 40 seconds to seal a second consecutive victory in the Virtual GP series.

    The Williams driver just shaded Charles Leclerc at the Spanish Virtual GP a fortnight ago after a race-long battle between the pair, but this week Russell was in a class of his own on the (virtual) streets of Monte Carlo.

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    Watch all the highlights of the race in the video above, and read on for all the key moments you have missed...

    Monaco Virtual Grand Prix result
    Monaco Virtual Grand Prix result

    Dominant Russell crushes the opposition

    In a very wet qualifying session he was pipped to pole by the highly impressive Pietro Fittipaldi in the Haas, but as soon as the lights went out, this was George Russell's race.

    The Williams driver stormed off the line to take the lead from Fittipaldi within seconds of the start, and it was a position he kept all the way to the flag.

    As chaos reigned behind him, Russell pulled further and further into the lead of the race, serenely driving on while the rest of the pack were crashing into each other, spinning on track and trying to pull off highly ambitious (and often unsuccessful) overtaking moves.

    He eventually crossed the line some 39 seconds in front of Mercedes' Esteban Guttierez in second, to seal his second consecutive win in the series after his victory in the Spanish event two weeks ago.

    Chaos on the streets of Monte Carlo

    George Russell may have sailed serenely off into the distance at the front of his race, but behind him there was plenty of carnage as the drivers all tried to muscle their way through the pack with some highly questionable manoeuvres that would have had the real life race stewards drowning in incidents to assess.

    It's a good job damage was off or the streets of the principality would have been littered with virtual carbon fibre after this race. Here's just a taster of some of the wild action going on down the field...

    Fittipaldi shows his skills in the wet

    For the first time in the Virtual Grand Prix series we had a wet qualifying session ahead of this race and for a long while there was a familiar family name at the top of the time sheets as David Schumacher – son of ex-F1 star Ralf and nephew of Michael – was quickest in the slippery conditions.

    But the 19-year-old couldn't quite hold on to top spot as a flying lap from Pietro Fittipaldi late on in the session shot the young Haas driver to pole position with a superb lap that was almost four tenths of a second quicker than Russell who took second. Impressive stuff from the Brazilian.

    Charles wins battle of the home town heroes

    For Charles Leclerc and his younger brother Arthur, Monaco isn't just home to the most famous Grand Prix on the F1 calender, it's also where they grew up.

    Arthur had upheld the family honour in the F2 Sprint Race earlier in the afternoon, sealing victory in that after a frustrating Feature Race, and he was on the grid again just a couple of hours later for the Virtual Grand Prix alongside Charles.

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    In qualifying Charles just edged out Arthur, as they lined up 5th and 6th respectively. And although Arthur would get ahead in the early stages of the race, Charles got his elbows out to claw his way up the order to nab the final podium spot – ahead of Arthur who finished 5th – with this forceful move on David Schumacher a case in point...

    Aubameyang's McLaren training pays off

    Guest starring in this week's race and making his Virtual GP debut was Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and before the race the Gunners front man got some advice from McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, and one of the team's data experts.

    And for a first-timer, Aubameyang certainly didn't disgrace himself in a field of Grand Prix drivers, coming home in 16th place, ahead of fellow guest stars, big-wave surfer Kai Lenny and Latin American singer Luis Fonsi.

    However, he was not the highest finisher from the world of football, with Real Madrid goalkeeper and F1 Esports regular Thibaut Courtois finishing 13th and, impressively, ahead of Nico Prost and Antonio Giovinzzi.