Louis Delétraz showed his exemplary sim racing skills on the virtual streets of Monaco yesterday, winning the F2 Virtual Racing Series Feature Race and taking an excellent P2 in the Sprint Race finale.
The Charouz Racing System driver, who has finished P2 in each of his last two real-life F2 races in Monaco, raced from home and was one of 19 drivers to tackle the event.
A strong performance during the one-shot qualifying session gave Louis a P4 slot on the grid for the 21-lap Feature Race.
When battle commenced, Louis made a clean start and immediately leapt into P3 before then wrestling P2 from Arthur Leclerc with a neat move down the inside of the Monegasque driver at Portier.
Louis completed his mandatory pit stop on lap 7 and a super-fast middle phase of the race enabled him to secure the lead a short time later as the pit stop sequence equalised.
With the chequered flag in his sights, Louis drove a magnificent – and totally dominant – last phase to win by 19 seconds from Jack Aitken.
“I love Monaco and it’s pretty cool to get my first win there after finishing P2 in the real F2 races during 2018 and 2019,” Louis said. “Of course, it’s only virtual racing but it’s a lot of fun and winning still feels nice – even if you’re sat at home!
The Swiss driver lined up P8 on the reverse grid for the ultra-short, five-lap Sprint Race, but he quickly made his way up the order and forced his way onto the podium with an impressive last lap attack that secured a P2 finish – and Louis’ fourth podium in three virtual events.
As soon as Louis had completed his F2 racing commitments, he quickly switched across the Haas F1 Team to tackle the Virtual Monaco GP.
The 23-year-old, a reserve and test driver for the real-life F1 squad in 2020, enjoyed another solid performance on the streets of Monaco as he brought his car home in P9.
The fourth and final round of the F2 Virtual Racing Series will take place on Sunday, 7 June at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan.