Scuderia Ferrari has received the Australian Grand Prix for a tenth time. Charles Leclerc represented the Maranello marque on the highest step of the rostrum, taking his second win of the season, his fourth with Ferrari, placing him stage with Eddie Irvine, Clay Regazzoni and John Surtees. Leclerc led all 58 laps round Albert Park, additionally setting the race quickest lap, thus taking his first ever “Grand Chelem.” It was Scuderia Ferrari’s 240th victory. The one remorse on the day was Carlos Sainz‘s retirement on lap 2, after he went off the observe at flip 11, following a tough begin from ninth on the grid. Regardless of this, Ferrari has solely dropped one level to the second positioned group within the championship, which received each its automobiles to the road. It has moved an additional eight forward of the group that has had the sooner automotive on this first a part of the season, however solely received one automotive to the chequered flag at the moment.
The Australian race, run on a really totally different kind of observe to the primary two rounds in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia has confirmed but once more that these in Maranello have finished an excellent job. The F1-75 has been versatile in adapting properly to the traits of the totally different tracks and Charles was snug proper from the beginning at the moment. Within the early laps, he was in a position to fend off Max Verstappen, the one driver who regarded able to placing him beneath strain. However Leclerc managed to tug away thanks partially to the F1-75 permitting for higher administration of the Medium tyres. This was additionally seen later when after the second Security Automotive, introduced out following Sebastian Vettel‘s crash, all of the automobiles have been already operating the Exhausting tyres.
Carlos had a tricky afternoon. An issue with some switches meant the group needed to change the steering wheel on automotive 55, only a few minutes earlier than the beginning. This did nothing for the Spaniard’s focus and he didn’t get off the road properly, partly as a result of he was beginning on the Exhausting tyre, chosen to go for a special technique to these round him on the grid. Attempting to make up floor having dropped to thirteenth, Sainz spun at flip 11 and was beached within the gravel lure.
Now the group will deal with the lengthy journey house from Australia the place all the info will likely be analysed in Maranello earlier than the Easter break. The following spherical is in Italy, the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, host of the primary Dash of the season. The group will arrive on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on 104 factors, forward of Mercedes on 65 and Red Bull on 55. Charles leads the Drivers’ classification on 71 factors, forward of second positioned George Russell on 34.
Charles Leclerc: What an excellent victory this was for us! We managed our tempo properly and have been extraordinarily aggressive. We did not endure from tyre degradation, even when pushing laborious. The automotive was simply superb and I am very happy with how my race went.
On paper, this was a observe that we anticipated to be powerful for us, so now we have to evaluate our knowledge as a result of we have been in actual fact very sturdy.
It is an effective way to begin the season, however now we have to needless to say we’re solely three races into a really lengthy championship. We won’t afford to chill out at any second and have to remain up to the mark, most of all on growth.
Congratulations to everybody on our group. What a tremendous job you could have all finished! I am very pleased with how far we have come and might’t wait to proceed preventing. Forza Ferrari!
Carlos Sainz: That is positively a tough weekend to digest. In any case that occurred yesterday, I used to be trying ahead to the race however we hit issues even earlier than the beginning. On the laps to the grid we had a difficulty with some switches on the steering wheel and we needed to change it one minute earlier than the formation lap. Sadly, firstly, the anti-stall kicked in.
Attempting to recuperate and overtake, I made a mistake as I pushed too early when the tyres have been in all probability not prepared. Up till Q3 the weekend was going okay however from then on all the things simply went improper. We’ll analyse it rigorously, be taught and transfer on. The automotive felt good so congrats to the group and to Charles for the win. We’ll come again stronger in Imola.
Mattia Binotto: I’m very happy. It is at all times nice to win and it additionally boosts the morale of the group who deserve all this, as a result of they’ve all developed the best mentality to face tough moments head on and take advantage of any alternative. We at all times say which you can solely come out on prime in System 1 when you do all the things to perfection and I believe at the moment’s race proved that. Charles delivered a mature efficiency, one thing he’s now making a behavior of.
It is a disgrace for Carlos, as a result of his weekend was sophisticated by a collection of circumstances in each qualifying and the race, which affected his efficiency. I do know him properly sufficient to imagine that he’ll flip the negatives to his benefit and are available again stronger subsequent time he is within the automotive. The beginning of the season has been constructive and the work of the previous few months is paying off. We’ll proceed to focus on ourselves and take it one race at a time. We’ve earned a while with our households over Easter, however then we’ll get again to it, engaged on the following race, which being at Imola, takes on even better significance. We won’t wait to be there and we’re trying ahead to seeing the circuit full of our followers, to share this good begin to the yr.
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