GP Australia, Leclerc and Ferrari to go crazy! Triumph over Perez and Russell, Verstappen retired

MELBOURNE – Charles Leclerc triumphs in the Australian GP at the Melbourne circuit. A fantastic ride, an unapproachable pace from the first lap with 7-8 tenths of an advantage over Verstappen’s Red Bull (later retired) from the first lap. After Sakhir, a super Charles who stretches in the World Championship thanks to the retirement of Verstappen (Leclerc 71, Russell 37, Sainz 33, Perez 30, Hamilton 28, Verstappen 25). Male Sainz, forced to retire after a difficult start: his race ends up in the gravel after just three laps. Perez and Russell complete the podium. Then Hamilton, Norris, Ricciardo, Albon.

Leclerc starts very well and is in command, then Verstappen and Hamilton who gains two positions. The Monegasque driver is perfect and manages to keep the world champion at bay. Lewis instead has a twist and shoves Perez and Norris, also passed by Russell. The rpimo twist after three laps: Carlos Sainz out. A weekend completely to forget for the Spaniard, who chose to start with hard tires and paid for this choice. Difficulty at the start, he lost positions and trying to recover he went long and ended up in the gravel.

After the Safety Car the Red Bull has another gear, Perez takes advantage of the halving of the gap and chases him with a splendid maneuver. The Mexican is third, Hamilton is fourth. The Dutchman makes a mistake and loses three seconds in a single lap from Leclerc, who now has more than 4 seconds ahead of the world champion. Martella the Monegasque who wants to continue to increase his advantage but Vettel’s Aston Martin stops and Leclerc loses all his advantage. But the Monegasque continues to hammer and gains 6 »with 21 laps to go on Verstappen who retires on lap 43 (for the second time in this world championship) due to engine problems. Furious the Dutchman clapping his hands on the steering wheel. Leclerc triumphs. The F1 world championship returns to Imola on 24 April.

Leclerc: “Won with great tranquility”

Charles Leclerc shows all his happiness after a race, second triumph of the season, fourth in career, won with extraordinary ease: “In Formula 1 it is the first time that I win by controlling the advantage, what a car we have – he said at the end – I did a good job but without a car like this it would have been impossible. I’m very happy. After Safety it was difficult, I had a huge understeer and I thought I would not keep the first position. But I did it. Incredible to win here ». For the moment Leclerc is not thinking about the World title, even if deep down this is not the case: «We are only in the third race and I am not thinking about the championship. But we have a very strong car and we can win in every race. I smile when I think of the last two years ».

Verstappen: “We’re not finishing the races”

Another unfortunate race for Max Verstappen who after the withdrawal of Bahrain is forced to another zero in the standings. Against such a constant and fast Ferrari and Charles Leclerc, the 46 points in the standings in 3 races start to be a lot. This time it should have been a fuel leak problem, they said from Red Bull. «I don’t know about the technical problem – said the world champion – I certainly wasn’t able to fight with Leclerc, the tires wore out quickly. But I was defending second place because I had no pressure from behind and it wouldn’t have been bad because scoring is better than nothing. But we are not finishing the races ». He worries about reliability: “Unfortunately, this is something that is already marking our championship – he said – we already have a good delay in the standings and now it will be difficult to recover”.

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