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Who’s Driving in the Virtual Sao Paulo Grand Prix?

February 11, 2021

The ‘GR-Albono duo’ to face off once more in virtual Sao Paulo finale

The Virtual Sao Paulo Grand Prix brings to a close our trio of pre-season races on F1 2020, the official F1 game by Codemasters – and it’s Williams ace George Russell who has the momentum going into the final event.

Off the back of his win last weekend around Silverstone, the Briton now has an incredible streak of five wins in a row, stretching back to 2020. He managed four wins in Spain, Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada before sitting out the 2021 opener in Austria. Brazil would therefore mark six-in-a-row for Russell, so all eyes will be on him.

He will however be joined by Red Bull Reserve Driver and Wings For Life Ambassador Alex Albon, who steps up to compete again. Albon won last year’s virtual race in Brazil, after a tense fight with Charles Leclerc, and so he will hope to put his past form to good use. Albon is joined by one of Red Bull’s legendary Driftbrothers, Johannes Hountondji, but forward momentum will be of the utmost importance, as well as all the stylish sliding he’s used to!

Team points leaders Haas once again bring the full power of the FittiForce with them, enlisting the help of brothers Enzo and Pietro Fittipaldi for the third race in a row. Their points tally of 57 currently leads the way, and could see the team scoop the biggest portion of the $100K charity prize pot if they can maintain their position.

Second in the championship are Ferrari Driver Academy, and they will once again field two of their bet and brightest future stars in Arthur Leclerc, and Dino Beganovic. Alain Prost holds the record for wins at the Brazilian Grand prix, with six. And though five of those were at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Rio, Prost’s victory in 1990 means the family has strong ties to Interlagos. Nicolas Prost steps up for Alpine, alongside comedian Arnaud Tsamere.

Both Mercedes entrants for Brazil are more accustomed to two wheels than four. Nevertheless, cycling world champion Rohan Dennis, and Moto2 star Jake Dixon will compete for the Silver Arrows, as they look to return to the form they showed in the opening race. Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri stick to what they know, fielding the same line-up once more, with Jack ‘Pie Face’ McDermott’ & Thibaut Courtois racing for the Swiss-based outfit, and Luca Salvadori & Tonio Liuzzi returning to race for Faenza’s finest.

SPRINT RACE LINE UP

Mercedes: Jarno Opmeer and Dani Moreno
Red Bull Racing: Frede Rasmussen and Marcel Kiefer
McLaren: James Baldwin and Josh Idowu
Alpine: Nicolas Longuet and Fabrizio Donoso
FDA: David Tonizza and Bendon Leigh
AlphaTauri: Joni Tormala and Manuel Biancolilla
Alfa Romeo: Dani Bereznay and Thijmen Schutte
Haas: Samuel Libeert and Cedric Thome
Williams: Alvaro Carreton and Alessio di Capua

Keep eyes peeled on social media for the final puzzle pieces as they slot into place, and remember to set your reminders for the final race! Action gets going from 18:00 GMT across Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, TV channels like Sky Sports F1 and Ziggo Sport, and on Huya for our fans in China. We look forward to seeing you there!




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