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F1 Australian GP: Carlos Sainz wins after Verstappen retires early



F1 Australian GP: Carlos Sainz wins after Verstappen retires early
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz ended Crimson Bull’s Components 1 successful streak Sunday when the Spaniard took benefit of Max Verstappen’s early retirement to win the Australian Grand Prix simply two weeks after lacking the earlier race in Saudi Arabia attributable to an emergency appendectomy.

Sainz, who began on the entrance row alongside Verstappen, stored his place into flip one, however handed the Dutchman on lap two at flip 9 for the lead and took management as soon as his rival retired two laps later with a fiery mechanical failure.

Verstappen had gained the primary two F1 races of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and was on a nine-race successful streak.

Sainz completed forward of teammate Charles Leclerc for Ferrari’s first 1-2 consequence for the reason that 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix, with McLaren’s Lando Norris ending in third for his first podium at Albert Park.

His teammate, Australian Oscar Piastri, was fourth.

Sainz, who might be changed by Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari from 2025, was thrilled to get his third profession win towards the chances, his first since final 12 months’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“I felt actually good on the market,” he stated. “In fact, (I felt) a bit stiff, particularly bodily. It wasn’t the simplest, however I used to be fortunate that I used to be kind of alone so I might simply handle my tempo, handle the tires, handle all the things.

“Life typically is loopy, you understand. What occurred originally of the 12 months, then the rostrum in Bahrain, then appendix, the comeback, the win, it’s a curler coaster. However I beloved it.”

Leclerc, on the rostrum for the second straight race, was inspired by Ferrari’s tempo, and its capability to take the battle to rival Crimson Bull throughout its interval of dominance.

“We knew that pole place and the race win was attainable as a result of we had superb tire degradation, superb tempo,” he stated. “That could be a very encouraging signal. Nonetheless, if you happen to take a look at the primary three races, two out of the primary three races, they (Crimson Bull) had the higher hand within the race, so we nonetheless have loads of work to do.”

Norris stated it wasn’t a shock that he was capable of earn his first podium since Brazil final 12 months.

“I feel if you take a Crimson Bull out of it, I’d say no,” he stated. “I feel our tempo has been good all weekend. We put issues collectively very properly yesterday. We confirmed good future, high-fuel tempo on Friday, so I wouldn’t have stated we had no probability.”

The race completed underneath the digital security automotive, making certain there was no racing for a lot of the remaining lap, after Mercedes driver George Russell crashed on flip seven. Crimson Bull’s Sergio Pérez closed out the highest 5, and made up only one place from the place he began in sixth, after he was handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Nico Hülkenberg in qualifying.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso completed sixth on the highway, however fell to eighth after the stewards gave him a 20-second time penalty and three penalty factors on his license, for “probably harmful” driving in battling Russell on the ultimate lap.

Alonso lifted off the throttle barely greater than 100 metres sooner than he had achieved going into flip six throughout the race, whereas Russell behind him misplaced management and crashed on the exit of the nook.

Russell’s teammate Lewis Hamilton additionally didn’t end following a lap 17 engine failure for Mercedes’ first double non-finish for the reason that 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ending its file of reliability.

Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda earned RB, the staff previously often known as AlphaTauri, its first factors of the season – with six factors for seventh, having been elevated by Alonso’s penalty.

American staff Haas earned its first double factors end for the reason that 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, with Hülkenberg and teammate Kevin Magnussen closing out the top-10 in ninth and tenth, respectively.

Verstappen’s lead within the drivers’ standings has been diminished from 15 factors to 4, with Leclerc in second place. Verstappen has 51 factors and Leclerc 47.


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