Sebastian Vettel makes his esports debut in Legends Trophy

LONDON: Ferrari Sebastian Vettel made his esports debut on Saturday in Legends Trophy careers that also featured retirees Formula One world champions Emerson Fittipaldi and Jenson Button.

The German has some time on his hands with Formula One 's season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic and organisers hoping to get going in Austria at the start of July.

The four-time champion finished 15th and 12th respectively after being caught up in incidents on the virtual version of the Sepang circuit that hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix from 1999 to 2017.

While Vettel, 32, and Button, 40, are real winners of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Fittipaldi's time of 73 was in the 1970s when the real Brabham BT44s existed, simulated in the virtual race.

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The first race was won by former Colombians McLaren and Williams F1 the pilot Juan Pablo Montoya, double winner of the Indianapolis 500, while the second went to the Mexican Adrián Fernández.

Vettel's team mate Charles Leclerc has been active on various platforms from his Monaco apartment, even taking part in virtual lawn mower and truck races. The 22-year-old Monegasque has also won two Formula One virtual races and will take part in another on Sunday, which would have been the day of the postponed Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Vettel acquired a simulator only recently from the Allinsports company owned by Torque Esports, organisers of the Legends Trophy , and said he would try it out for fun at his Swiss home.

I am aware that some people take it very seriously and spend a lot of time there, but I also enjoy doing other things, the German, father of three children, told reporters this month.