News #NotTheGP Baku: All three Formula 1 drivers crash into each other

02:46  07 june  2020
02:46  07 june  2020 Source:   formel1.de

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. At the #NotTheGP in Azerbaijan, the three participating Formula 1 drivers, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi, collided with each other and left the field to Sim racers.

Leclerc's evening was a tragic comedy: While Latifi and Norris qualified in third and fourth place, Leclerc delivered a scene that could have come straight from the real Ferrari team in Formula 1: he missed the timing and didn't bring a timed Round out. Ferrari has made such timing errors several times in real Formula 1 in recent years.

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The three real-world drivers quickly locked out the front three positions, before Vergne crashed out whilst rounding Pouhon and both Giovinazzi and Norris disconnected. That meant F 1 Esports drivers Bereznay and Bolukbasi, who gained more than 10 places each within the first lap

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In the race, Latifi and Norris collided at the beginning of the second lap in turn 2 in the battle for third place. Norris misjudged the McLaren when braking and cleared the Williams driver, both spun. Almost simultaneously, Leclerc also fell back after a good first lap due to a separate collision in curve 1.

Then the three Formula 1 drivers, all with damaged cars, met at the virtual Baku City Circuit at the end of the lap. There was a collision that eliminated Norris on the spot. Leclerc dragged himself back to the pits. However, he gave up after another collision a few laps later.

Only Latifi was able to finish the race, but had lost too much time due to the collisions. He finished seventh.

The race saw a gripping showdown between Sim-Racers Cem Bolukbasi and James Baldwin, who had a spectacular duel in the last four laps. They overtook several times in the course of the final phase.

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In the end, the strategy should be the decisive factor: Bolukbasi always attacked with DRS on the start / finish straight, Baldwin always countered on the back straight. This ultimately ensured that Bolukbasi got DRS again on the way to the finish line. So he won the race for the blink of an eye for himself.

Leclerc desperate for Ragunathan

A show was also the appearance of Mahaveer Ragunathan. The Indian enjoys cult status in the Internet community. He was in Formula 2 in 2019, where he not only drew attention to himself with an extremely weak pace, but also with strange situations. For example, when he drove to a run-off area in real Baku and then couldn't manage to turn. As a result, his engine overheated.

His dubious reputation has of course also reached Formula 1 drivers. And so Leclerc in particular kept joking. But he already crashed into Ragunathan in qualifying. When he didn't get a timed lap, he had to admit that he was beaten by Ragunathan in qualifying.

In the race it was again the Indian with whom he had to grapple. Leclerc was actually past Ragunathan, but he got DRS on the straight. "You're not going to overtake me now?" Leclerc asked rhetorically, but he was powerless against the DRS. Shortly afterwards there was a crash. Leclerc must admit stunned: "I collided with Mahaveer."

The Internet community took this as an opportunity to create some memes entitled "Things that scare Charles Leclerc". With a picture of Mahaveer Ragunathan. By the way, the Indian finished the race and finished eleventh.

A second planned race with reverse grid no longer took place because numerous drivers lost connection to the server before the start.

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