‘Race for the World’ series raises $71,000

Jamie Woodhouse
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari release ‘Le Grand Rendez-Vous’ starring Charles Leclerc.

The Race for the World Esports series has raised $71,000 for the World Health Organisation’s fight against coronavirus, with Charles Leclerc topping the standings.

The fundraising effort was launched by Leclerc and a group of fellow F1 drivers, with the Ferrari man winning the three-part Esports series.

Virtual racing has shot up in popularity due to the absence of real-life racing during the pandemic.

Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon, Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi from Formula 1 organised the Race for the World events.

The final event, being contested on the F1 2019 game, saw Leclerc win the second of two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria after a last-lap battle with Red Bull’s Alex Albon. Shades of Austria 2019 there as Leclerc battled with the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen for victory, coming out on the losing end.

Albon did cross the line ahead of Leclerc, but a five-second time penalty gave the win to the Monegasque driver.

The first race, all of which take place at randomly-selected venues, saw Mercedes reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne be victorious at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

All six drivers will compete in this Sunday’s F1 Virtual Series Chinese Grand Prix, where they will be joined by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz who is making his Esports debut, and Juan Manuel Correa.

Correa has been recovering from the horror crash he was involved in last year during the F2 feature race in Belgium where he collided with Anthoine Hubert – the injuries Hubert sustained proved to be fatal, while Correa was left with severe leg injuries.

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