Whereas polesitter Verstappen largely dominated at Albert Park, the race might be remembered for 3 purple flags, the final of which resulted within the 58 lap affair ending below the protection automobile.
Verstappen initially misplaced the lead at the beginning to Mercedes’ George Russell, whereas Lewis Hamilton additionally nipped by into second.
Nevertheless, the complexion of the race modified when Williams’ Alex Albon crashed out early on. It resulted within the Security Automobile being known as and Russell elected to pit earlier than officers surprisingly then threw a purple flag. The Briton would ultimately retire with an engine failure.
Hamilton assumed the lead from the standing restart though Verstappen rapidly made the a lot of the Crimson Bull’s pace benefit to rapidly snatch the lead, which grew to round 11 seconds earlier than the race was red-flagged once more. This time Haas’ Kevin Magnussen tagged the wall at Flip 2 that left the sphere with a two-lap dash to the end.
Verstappen fended off Hamilton on the restart however chaos ensured behind, triggered by Carlos Sainz and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso making contact, which then sparked an incident that worn out each Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, prompting a 3rd purple flag.
Following a 30 minute delay and a controversial re-shuffling of the race order, the race restarted below the protection automobile for one remaining lap, the place Verstappen led dwelling Hamilton, with Alonso ending third forward of team-mate Lance Stroll.
Podcast host Martyn Lee is joined by Kevin Turner, Jake Boxall-Legge and Matt Kew to analyse the most important speaking factors from a chaotic race at Albert Park.
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