Oscar Piastri has produced a pair of impressive debut performances in the Formula 1 eSeries Virtual Grand Prix and F2 Virtual Feature Race at Baku last night.
Driving for the Renault World DP F1 Team, 19-year-old Piastri finished fifth in the F1 eSports Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Williams F1 driver George Russell won the 26-lap race from Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon, with Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Guitierrez filling the podium.
McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris finished just ahead of Piastri, with Haas F1 reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi following.
Piastri started fifth but had to fight back after being turned around early on, going wheel-to-wheel with Fittipaldi before comfortably driving to the finish.
Earlier, Piastri stormed to victory in the F2 virtual race, driving for the Italian Prema Racing outfit – the same squad he will drive for in the real-life FIA F3 Championship this season.
Piastri was more than three-tenths faster than the field in qualifying, and dominated the race to take a comfortable 10 second victory.
While Piastri’s real-life racing credentials have prompted many to tip him as Australia’s next Formula 1 candidate, his sim racing form during the lockdown-enforced break has been equally outstanding, including race wins in the hotly-contested Tuesday night Just Send It Series.
Piastri recently joined with the Logitech G Altus eSports outfit, which has earned a formidable reputation for developing Australia’s highest quality sim racing talent.