Verstappen beats Hamilton to Australian GP win after wild surface

Verstappen beats Hamilton to Australian GP win after wild finish

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Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing commemorates in parc ferme throughout the F1 Grand Prix of Australia.

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Max Verstappen held back Lewis Hamilton to declare a maiden Australian Grand Prix success after a disorderly race, which ended up with a processional safety-car lap following a wild late reboot.

Verstappen seemed travelling to a comfy win having actually recovered the lead after losing to George Russell and Hamilton throughout a frenzied opening, however Kevin Magnussen’s crash and a taking place 2nd warning of the race established a two-lap sprint to the surface from a standing start.

The ruling world champ remained in front of Hamilton off the line, prior to a crash in between third-placed Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz behind him trigger a series of other crashes, with Alpine team-mates Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon taking each other out of points-scoring positions.

A 3rd warning followed, together with more confusion and debate as there was a long haul prior to the FIA chose to bring back the order from prior to the reboot since the automobiles had actually not made it far enough around the track prior to for the brand-new category to be verified prior to the warning came out.

That indicated that Alonso went back to 3rd, however Sainz was left ravaged as a five-second charge for triggering the accident saw him relegated to 12 th, leaving Ferrari meaningless after Charles Leclerc’s first-lap retirement.

More than 2 and a half hours after the race had actually started, Verstappen was delegated take the chequered flag undisputed and total his 2nd win in 3 races this season, while Hamilton protected his very first podium of the project.

Russell, who had actually quit the lead when pitting under Safety Car conditions – not anticipating the warning that followed – when Alex Albon crashed out on lap 6, retired on lap 18 after a technical failure.