Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell finished a strong tenth place in Renault DP World F1 Team colours on his Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix Series debut at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Max – who only started practicing on Codemasters’ Formula 1 2019 game in the days leading up to the race – qualified outside the top 10 but was able to manage his tyres on a smooth one-stop strategy to finish in the virtual points places.
On the other side of the garage, DP World ambassador and star golfer Ian Poulter finished in eighteenth place on his third appearance for the team.
After a strong start – rising multiple positions on lap one – Ian’s race was compromised by a strategy error, where, on his second stint, he pitted for Medium tyres instead of Hards. Ian had to convert his race into a late two-stop but was adrift of the midfield pack by that stage.
In the professional race prior to the Virtual Grand Prix, Renault Vitality’s Nicolas Longuet claimed his first podium in the 2020 exhibition series by taking third place. Team-mate Fabrizio Denoso was outside the points in fifteenth.
Elsewhere, in the FIA Formula 2 virtual race, Academy Driver Guanyu Zhou continued his impressive simulator record by taking victory in the virtual Feature race. The Chinese driver – who has a win and a podium in the Formula 1 Virtual Series – also took fourth in the Sprint race.
Max Fewtrell: “I’m reasonably happy with the top 10, but as a driver you always want to fight for the win. With little game time, I thought I did a reasonable job. I struggled to sort my strategy dashboard at the start, but we went for it, had some fun, and it was great for me to race against some of the huge names from sport. What a cool experience. Now, I’m looking forward to some on-track racing!”
Ian Poulter: “It was another new track for me to learn and another drive for Renault DP World F1 Team, which is always so good. I’m disappointed with my finish due to a couple of incidents, which caused me to come off track. I also didn’t select the right tyre strategy, which meant I had to stop twice! That being said, racing on the simulator is such a good experience for staying sharp and focusing the mind. Thanks Renault and DP World for the opportunity.”