Team after team at the Australian Grand Prix

Team-by-team review of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, round three of the 24-race season (listed in current championship order):

RED BULL (Sergio Perez 5, Max Verstappen retired)

Verstappen started from pole position but held on for three laps before a stuck right rear brake forced his first mechanical failure in two years (Australia 2022), ending his hopes of a tenth straight victory and a streak of 43 consecutive placings. The three-time champion retained the lead in the overall standings, but saw it shrink to four points ahead of Ferrari’s Leclerc. Perez started sixth after being penalized for obstructing three places on the grid and losing downforce due to damage after overtaking Alonso. The defeat ended Red Bull’s attempt at a hat-trick of one-two victories and was the team’s first since Singapore last September.

FERRARI (Carlos Sainz 1, Charles Leclerc 2)

Sainz took his third career win and just two weeks after the appendectomy he had to miss the Saudi Arabian GP. He is the first driver to win the race after a medical absence since Gerhard Berger in 1997. It was also his first win not starting from pole and he remains the only driver to beat Red Bull since 2022. He started from the front row and took the win. He was in the lead on the second lap, pitted on laps 16 and 41 and was voted driver of the day. Leclerc started fourth, overtook Norris with a pit stop on lap nine, undercut the McLaren driver and set the fastest lap of the race.

MCLAREN (Lando Norris 3, Oscar Piastri 4)

Norris felt he could have finished second. The podium was his 14th, a record by a driver without a win, and McLaren’s first of the season. He pitted on laps 14 and 40. Piastri pitted on laps nine and 39 and briefly edged ahead of Norris, but obeyed team orders to relinquish the position on lap 29 so his teammate Leclerc could chase on fresher tires, spelling the end for the local driver meant hoping for a home podium.

MERCEDES (George Russell and Lewis Hamilton retired)

Mercedes suffered a double accident for the first time since 2018. Hamilton started eleventh and retired with a sudden engine failure after pitting on lap seven and gaining positions by starting on soft tires. Russell, seventh on the grid, crashed on the penultimate lap, triggering a virtual safety car after Alonso braked in front of him earlier than expected as the Briton battled for sixth place.

ASTON MARTIN (Lance Stroll 6, Fernando Alonso 8)

Alonso finished sixth but received a 20-second penalty and three penalty points after the race for potentially dangerous driving in the Russell incident. This dropped him to eighth place and Stroll moved up to sixth place. As a result of the penalty, Aston Martin also fell from third place to fourth place in the constructors’ championship.

RB (Yuki Tsunoda 7, Daniel Ricciardo 12)

Tsunoda scored RB’s first points of the season by starting and finishing eighth at the track, but moving up one place after Alonso’s penalty. Ricciardo started from 18th on the grid, pitted early and fought his way back to 12th.

HAAS (Nico Hülkenberg 9, Kevin Magnussen 10)

Hülkenberg scored points for the second time in a row, after finishing 10th in Saudi Arabia and starting 16th with a long first stint on the hard tires before pitting during the virtual safety car on lap 17. On lap 36 he pitted again. Magnussen opened his season account with a 14th place and overtook Albon in his final stint for 11th, with both Haas drivers benefiting from Russell’s crash. The double points haul was the first for the team since Austria 2022.

WILLIAMS (Alex Albon 11, Logan Sargeant did not take part in the race)

Sargeant did not take part in the race after the team handed over his car to Albon as they had no replacement for the Thai driver after he suffered an accident in training. Albon qualified twelfth and gained one place thanks to Russell’s crash. He lacked pace early on and suffered from tire grain. He pitted early to try and keep a chance.

CLEAN (Valtteri Bottas 14, Guanyu Zhou 15)

Zhou had to start from the pit lane after Sauber made changes to his car overnight. During the race he had gearbox problems, was unable to get into gear when entering the pits and stopped. Bottas was ahead of the Haas drivers but lost 28 seconds during his pit stop when a wheel nut fell out of the gun and rolled away, a mistake that cost the team a 5,000 euro fine.

ALPINE (Pierre Gasly 13, Esteban Ocon 16)

Still no points for Alpine. Ocon started 15th, Gasly 17th. Ocon had to make an extra stop to remove a visor tear-off strip that had gotten stuck in a rear brake duct. Without that, he might have been able to score.

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