Virtual Vietnam GP LIVE UPDATES: Start time, how to watch, full grid, & more
We have all the updates and news from the Virtual Vietnam GP as Charles Leclerc & others race.
Formula 1 might be on hiatus, but the Virtual Grand Prix Series returns to lighten the mood!
THIS EVENING it is the Virtual Vietnam GP. Of course, with the Hanoi Street Circuit not yet available in the F1 game, the race will be held at Albert Park in Melbourne.
There are six current F1 drivers, a few former stars, and one or two familiar faces this week.
For all the latest LIVE updates, stay tuned!
Ben Stokes – great sport 21:30 GMT
Charles Leclerc’s thoughts – 21:21 GMT
Sweating like crazy! Muscles not hurting but he was concentrating very hard. No yelling this time around and very happy with his performance.
Put in around 8 days of practice, at least 5 hours a day practice.
Will he compete again? He’s not sure just yet!
Closing thoughts 21:15 GMT
Great racing, clean and fair – overall high quality race. Alex Albon early incident through a few drivers out with him. A lot of spins, a lot of mistakes, but some great driving and overtakes.
Charles Leclerc wins 1st place, Lundgard 2nd and Russell 3rd – 21:14 GMT
Quality race by all three, with Leclerc dominating from the start.
Stokes doing well all things considering – 21:13 GMT
Down in 18th, but up against some seriously good drivers.
Button and Ltaifi battle results in Button going into the gravel – 21.09 GMT
Great battle between the two.
Arthur Leclerc finally gets into 4th place – 21:07 GMT
Giovinazzi back to 5th.
Button looking to break into the top 10 21:05 GMT
Just behind Fittipaldi, can’t quite take him.
Battle between Delatraz and Giovinazzi doesn’t go to plan – 21:03 GMT
Delatraz into the wall for the second time and goes down to 7th place.
Arthur Leclerc makes mistake and drops to 6th, trying to overtake Delatraz – 21:00 GMT
A lot of drivers getting warned for cutting corners – Jimmy Broadbent already been penalised.
Over half way, Ben Stokes in 17th, Charles Leclerc 1st, Lundgard 2nd Russell 3rd – 20:58
Fantastic racing so far!
Alex Albon vs Button – 20:53 GMT
Button clinging onto it at the moment. Albon puts in the hard work, but doesn’t pay off. Currently 11th.
Deletraz in 7th tries to take Vandoorne, big battle between the two – 20:49 GMT
Big battle between the two, Vandoorne on the hards, has more grip than the Belgium at this time. This time he gets the position. Delatraz holds onto 6th place.
Arthur Leclerc hammers past Giovinazzi – 20:47 GMT
Took his on the inside. Currently in 4th, 5 seconds behind Russell.
Lundgard gets 5 second penality for speeding in the pits – 20:45 GMT
Jenson Button in 2nd, yet to go into the pits – could this be the same strategy seen in Melbourne before?
Vandoorne struggling to get ahead of Giovinazzi, currently in 6th. 20:41 GMT
Lundgard is pressuring Lerclerc, succeeds in overtaking on the outside. Currently in 2nd. Charles Lerclerc 5 seconds ahead. George Russell back into 3rd.
Charles Leclerc in 1st, Arthur Leclerc 2nd, Lundgard 3rd after Russell makes critical mistake – 20:40 GMT
Lundgard tries to overtake Lerclec, succeeds for a moment but can’t take the position.
Stoffel Vandoorne in 7th right on the tail of Antonio Giovinazzi. Ben Stokes was in 12th, but came off the track – 20:36 GMT
Lap 4/29, great driving so far.
Big hit effects multiple riders – 20:34 GMT
Alex Albon out of 3rd.
Charle Leclerc leads into the first corner – GMT 20:32
Got a ‘mega’ start, already a second in front of George Russell – ahead of Alex Albert in 3rd.
George Russell gone up to 3rd, Charles Leclerc can’t take pole position – 20.29 GMT
Lando Norris gets 9th place. Great run by George Russell – especially since he got his first simulator this week. Strong performance for Jenson Button as he’s new to sim racing.
Ben Stokes in 20th position – 20:26 GMT
‘We’ll forgive him for anything’ after his performance in the Ashes!
Stoffel Vandoorne in 9th – 20:25 GMT
Tidy lap so far!
Top 4 very tight at the moment, top 11 covered by a second – 20:23 GMT
Some great driving so far! Anthoney Davidson, former world endurance champion doing well – looking ‘neat and tidy’ and looking to make amends for what happened 2 weeks ago!
JUST spun out…down in 18th place. Lungard in pole position so far.
Leclerc front row at the moment, Ben Stokes in 18th position – 20:17 GMT
Qualifying session underway, Charles Leclerc quickest so far – 20:15 GMT
Lundgard 2nd, NLatifi 3rd
Turn 3 is the one to watch out for – 20:14 GMT
The track has a few opportunities to overtake, but it’s anticipated that turn 3 will be the source of much of the action.
Thoughts from drivers – 20:11 GMT
George Russell is going to ‘put on a show.’
Stoffel Vandoorne, ‘It’s going to be a good competition.’
Nicholas Latifi hope he ‘won’t get taken out’ too early and can get a ‘cheeky little win.’
Pietro Fittipaldi sending his best and says ‘let’s have some fun!’
Jenson Button, first time a F1 champion has joined the ranks – 20:07 GMT
How transferable is racing to Sim racing though – we’ll find out!
Format reminder – 20:05 GMT
18 minute qualifying, followed by the race at 50% length.
Damage is OFF – which could result in some dangerous manoeuvres.
IT’S TIME! F1 Virtual Vietnam GP is ON! – 20:00 GMT
Taking a look at Bahrain showing and the ‘carnage’ and ‘chaos’ that ensued.
The Albert Park track in Melbourne – 19:45 GMT
Just under 15 minutes until we begin the Virtual Vietnam GP event. Take a look at the track they’ll be racing on below.
A look at the Hanoi track in Vietnam – 19:30 GMT
Jenson Button will be taking it easy on the competition – 19:17 GMT
Under an hour to go! – 19:03 GMT
Just under an hour to go and the anticipation is building. Let’s check out some of the drivers’ thoughts in preparation up to the event.
Nicholas Latifii is looking seriously prepared as he goes into the hotseat for Team Williams.
Lando Norris for McLaren is definitely one to watch. He put in a solid performance last week in the ChallengeLando event, but admitted to making a few costly mistakes in the process.
How will he fare this time around, now that the stakes are higher?
Ben Stokes, British cricketer will be joining the Red Bull Racing team and he is understandably excited at the chance to mix it up with the professionals.
His latest Instagram post has us somewhat concerned, however! Let’s hope he’s pulling our leg!
Louis Deletraz for team Haas shares our predictions on the upcoming race.
George Russell driving for Team Williams, looks relaxed in his setup – we wonder how relaxed he’ll be when it all kicks off at 8pm!
Virtual Vietnam GP – Full driver lineup
|Team||Driver A||Driver B|
|Mercedes||Stoffel Vandoorne||Esteban Gutierrez|
|FDA HUBLOT Esports Team||Charles Leclerc||Arthur Leclerc|
|Red Bull Racing||Alex Albon||Ben Stokes|
|McLaren||Lando Norris||Jenson Button|
|Renault||Christian Lundgaard||Andre Heimgartner|
|Racing Point||Jimmy Broadbent||Anthony Davidson|
|Haas||Louis Deletraz||Pietro Fittipaldi|
|Alpha Tauri||Luca Salvadori||Nunzio Todisco|
|Alfa Romeo||Antonio Giovinazzi||Johnny Herbert|
|Williams||George Russell||Nicholas Latifi|