Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula 1 Australian GP

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Charles Leclerc has accomplished a dominant weekend in his Ferrari after changing his pole place right into a complete triumph within the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Leclerc prolonged his lead within the drivers’ championship whereas claiming his second win of the season following victory within the season-opening race in Bahrain.

Leclerc was capable of maintain off Red Bull rival Max Verstappen throughout the opening laps and defended nicely mid-race underneath security automobile circumstances to tug away for a decisive 20.524-second victory.

Sergio Perez overcame a sluggish begin to take second forward of the Mercedes’ mixture of George Russell, who secured his first podium end for the season, and Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren pair Orlando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo completed fifth and sixth.

Verstappen, the world champion, endured one other irritating race when a mechanical failure ended his hopes whereas he was working second 39 laps into the 58-lap race.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, centre, of the Netherlands gestures as a observe marshal extinguishes a hearth in his automobile after he withdrew from the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne. (AP Photo)

But Verstappen by no means actually challenged Leclerc, whose Ferrari was clearly the faster automobile underneath race circumstances in Melbourne.

The drivers’ championship chief, who pitted on Lap 22, confirmed that when posting the quickest lap of 1 minute, 20.260 seconds with a final-lap flourish.

“The automobile was unimaginable immediately. Really. What a race. What a day,” Leclerc mentioned.

His teammate Carlos Sainz, who completed on the rostrum in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, had much less luck in a testing weekend.

After a difficulty in qualifying resulted in him ranging from ninth, he dropped again additional within the subject with a sluggish begin after which misplaced management on the second lap, ending his race.

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