The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) extended his leadership at the helm of the Formula 1 World Cup by winning the crazy Australian Grand Prix this Sunday, which was held at the semi-urban circuit of Albert Park in Melbourne and in which the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) confirmed his great moment with another podium finish, his third in the first three races of the year.
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Verstappen, 25, achieved his thirty-seventh victory in F1 by winning ahead of the Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Alonso in a race in which the red flags were present up to three times.
The Asturian double world champion finished third this Sunday at Albert Park, where two consecutive interruptions were decreed with three laps to go to complete the 58 scheduled, in addition to a first on the eighth lap due to an accident, without physical consequences, by Thai Alex Albon (Williams).
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The former Red Bull crashed in the seventh of the fourteen corners of the Melbourne track, which caused the initial entry of the safety car, before a red flag and race interruption was decreed. Then it was Kevin Magnussen (Haas) who starred in a new incident.
The three accidents that occurred in the Australian GP
The Dane lost a rear wheel of his car and after the race management initially decreed the entry of the safety car, it was decided to interrupt the race again right in its final stretch (in the third to last of the 58 scheduled laps).
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It was on that re-start that the third accident occurred. Sainz touched Alonso before the race management decreed that the race be restarted, for the third time with a single lap, behind the safety car.
Sainz was sanctioned with five seconds, for which he not only lost fourth place, but also finished out of the points (he was twelfth) in a race in which the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) led the great comeback, finishing fifth after having started from the ‘pit lane’.
The Englishman Lando Norris (McLaren) finished sixth, one place ahead of the German Nico Hülkenberg (Haas), in Albert Park, where the Australian rookie Oscar Piastri (McLaren) added his first points in the World Championship in front of his fans, finishing eighth of F1.
Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) also scored points, finishing ninth and tenth, respectively.
The next race, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, will be held on April 30 in Baku
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