The 2023 F1 Australian Grand Prix was a thrilling race that saw some unexpected twists and turns. The race was held at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on 2nd April 2023. The race was the third of the 2023 F1 World Championship and has some surprises in store for the F1 Standings Australia.
In this article, we will review the results of the race, the drivers’ performances, and the impact on the f1 standings.
F1 Standings Australia – 31st March – 2nd April 2023
What can be said about the chaos in Australia that hasn’t already been said.
George Russel and Lewis Hamilton got the jump on Max Verstappen and by the end of the second corner they were leading the race.
Max braked early into turn 3 causing both of the Ferraris and the two Aston Martins to come together. Charles Leclerc was left on the outside and turned into Stroll.
He ended the race with his wheels spinning into the gravel trap on turn 3, which led to the first safety car of the day.
Sergio Perez and several other drivers took this opportunity for a cheap pit stop.
Russel was still leading the pack behind the safety car and achieved an excellent getaway on the restart.
The First Red Flag
Alexander Albon was powering along in six place (amazing bearing in mind this is a Williams) when he crashed heavily into the tire barrier at turn 5 on lap 9.
George Russel used the opportunity for a cheap pitstop (or so he thought). His advantage was negated when the race was stopped with a red flag, and he was now stuck in 7th place and all of the cars in front fitted new rubber.
The advantage was given to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen who moved up to 1st and 2nd respectively.
Hamilton stayed in front at the restart, however as has become the norm, when DRS became available, Max shot past Lewis without much effort.
Russel managed to fight his way through the pack into 4th place – At which time his engine threw in the towel and went up in flames. His race was over.
The race settled down and followed a fairly predictable path until lap 54 when Kevin Magnussen hit the wall on the exit of turn 2, sending his right rear tire flying away.
The Second Red Flag
This resulted in the second red flag.
Max stayed in front of Lewis at the restart. At this point Calos Sainz hit Fernando Alonso spinning him around.
The Melee was dramatic and cars went spinning off in all directions. Gasly took avoiding action but hit Esteban Ocon, taking both of the Alpines out of the race in dramatic fashion.
The Third Red Flag
And so the red flag came out again.
After much debate the officials decided to run the race for the last lap behind the safety car.
The final result was
- Max Verstappen – 1st
- Lewis Hamilton – 2nd
- Fernando Alonso – 3rd.
The biggest Suprise was Mercedes showing a competitive pace. This is something that the team is also finding strange
F1 Standings – The Final Results Are Listed Below
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||58||2:32:38.371||25|
|3||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin||58||+0.769s||15|
|4||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||58||+3.082s||12|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||58||+3.320s||11|
|9||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||58||+5.713s||2|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||58||+6.513s||0|
|15||Nyck De Vries||Alphatauri||56||DNF||0|