Max Verstappen claimed victory during a wild and action-packed Australian Grand Prix, overcoming battles with the Mercedes drivers, several Safety Cars and three red flags to lead home Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Verstappen lost out to both George Russell and Hamilton at the original race start, before the Safety Car made two appearances in quick succession due to Charles Leclerc retiring from a collision with Lance Stroll and Alex Albon crashing out heavily.
A subsequent red flag for Albon’s incident brought the field back to the pits, with Hamilton leading Verstappen and Alonso, taking advantage of misfortune for Russell and Carlos Sainz, who were the two front-runners to take on fresh tyres just before the stoppage.
FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2023
|1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||2:32:38.371||25|
|2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||+0.179s||18|
|3 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin||+0.769s||15|
|4 Lance STROLL Aston Martin||+3.082s||12|
|5 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing||+3.320s||11|
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