With a resounding start-finish victory, Charles Leclerc has expanded its formula 1 guidance sovereign and further enhanced pressure on the luckless world champion Max stages. While the Ferrari pilot was triumphed on Sunday with a controlled ride at the Grand Prix of Australia, dragging it prematurely forward for the second time this season.
The defending champion had to park his at the rear-burning Red Bull in Melbourne frustrated and watch as Leclerc in the World Cup rating even further left. The 24-year-old from Monaco has already 46 points ahead of the Dutch of the Settle, which, as a prelude to Bahrain, went out on position two lying out.
Behind Leclerc, which can dream early from the first World Cup title of his career, Sergio Perez came from Mexico in the second Red Bull on position two. The British George Russell won the third place in the Mercedes. Leclerc’s former teammate Sebastian Vettel did not go to the finish after his Corona forced break in the Aston Martin. After a self-inflicted accident, halfway was finished before the race. Mick Schumacher failed in the Haas again while trying to get points for the first time in his career.
Leclerc defends his pole position
When returning to Australia after two years of Corona pause Leclerc defended his pole position at the start of sovereign. His Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz, who had traveled as a World Cup,, on the other hand, lost ten positions and ran in the second round after an over-tuned overtaking maneuver. Sainz slipped from the track and was lucky to take any other car. Especially the car of Schumacher was dangerously close.
In the sold out Albert Park, more than 120,000 spectators, Leclerc also succeeded in restarting after the first Safety Car phase to defend the first place. Behind it held the contact, the third-placed record world champion Lewis Hamilton quickly lost ground. Hamilton’s Mercedes team continues to have problems to provide a competitive car at the start of the year. The constructor world champion of the past year is currently unable to dominate as in previous years.
Continue away from the top as hoped for Sebastian Vettel. After his supervised coronavirus infection, the 34-year-old only went from position 17 in his first Grand Prix of the season. The hesse had to pause in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, in Australia he experienced difficult days before the race. An engine damage on Friday and a self-inflicted accident on Saturday made sure that the 53-color Grand Prix winner had to compete hardly prepared. Vettel had won in Melbourne in Ferrari in 2017 and 2018, in the Aston Martin he could not liberate himself at the end of the field and was after an involuntary trip to the peb bed after eleven rounds last.
Right from Vettel
After an early pit stop of Schumacher, Vettel moved past his German compatriot on position 17, but in Round 24 but everything was over. The Heppenheimer lost control of his car after a driving error and crashed into the route limit. After the heavy impact he was examined by the doctors, but was already a little later to see again in the paddock.
Honorary round: Charles Leclerc beckons the fans after his victory in Australia. AFP Via Getty Images
Leclerc built his leadership in the meanwhile round around round, the two Red Bull led by stages behind it could not align anything and quickly opted for a tactical maneuver. With an early pit stop and the change on hard tires, the world champion increased the pressure on Leclerc. Leclerc did not impress with it and held the top before Velger’s crash for the second time the Safety Car had to spread the route renewed in the previous year.
At the second restart, stood was dangerously close and was right next to Leclerc at the end of the destination straight. In his Ferrari he was able to defend the leadership thanks to the enormously strong engine of the Italians, but pulled back to stages in the 39th round frustrated from his broken car had to climb. That was already necessary for the season opener when he did not go to the goal in Bahrain in a similar situation. As a result, nothing more and Leclerc passed against his fourth career vest.