David Schumacher Scores in Series Finale
The German youngster ends VirtualGP Series with Points Finish
Canadian Virtual Grand Prix
With real-world racing on the horizon, Formula 1’s Virtual Grand Prix series reached its conclusion at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve – home of the Canadian Grand Prix.
In the final race, BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team drafted in FIA Formula 3 driver David Schumacher to partner Olympic and World speed-skating champion Ted-Jan Bloemen to form the final line-up for the series.
Qualifying would prove to be a challenge once again, as a mixture of F1 drivers, celebrities and sports stars took to the virtual track for one last qualifying session.
Ted-Jan impressed in his first VirtualGP outing, producing decent times to end the session P16.
David wasn’t far off his team-mate, but an unfortunate incident with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon at the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’ left the young German with a five-place grid penalty.
David started the race from P20.
The race commenced and immediately at the opening turns, carnage ensued.
Ted-Jan was caught in the action but maintained P16 at the end of Lap 1 despite getting tagged by Nicholas Hamilton’s McLaren. David, meanwhile, avoided the chaos and jumped up to P14, making up six places.
David’s work at the start was short-lived as the German was squeezed by Juan Manuel Correa at the exit of Turn 2. The contact saw David spin and he dropped to the back of the pack. Ted-Jan, meanwhile, was jumping up the order, finding himself in P11 by Lap 6.
The Canadian-Dutch athlete’s first virtual race was filled with action and he showcased impressive speed, fighting against Correa for the majority of the race – the pair aiming to clinch a point for P10.
Ted-Jan’s switch to a two-stop strategy enabled him to get the better out of Correa, emerging P12 on the road on the hunt for David, who was running a one-stop strategy in the race.
Both were chasing down Haas’ Louis Deletraz for P10 with a handful of laps remaining.
David and Ted-Jan weren’t able to close on Deletraz in time as the race concluded. However, time penalties for the Haas driver allowed David to sweep in and claim P10!
The German capped off the Virtual GP series with a point for BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team. An impressive maiden outing saw Ted-Jan finish the race in P13, as time penalties were added onto his race time.
With the Virtual GP and Pro Exhibition series now complete, the countdown to real racing begins as the first round of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship waits in the wings.
Bring on Austria!