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Sainz wins Australian GP, ends Verstappen’s winning streak

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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claims famous victory in Australian Grand Prix.

His teammate Charles Leclerc secured a one-two finish for the team. This race saw Max Verstappen’s recent supremacy in Formula 1 hit a speed bump as his Red Bull suffered an early exit due to brake failure.

The race was off to an electrifying start as Sainz overtook the reigning world champion Verstappen on the second lap, shortly before the latter had to retire. The early setback for Verstappen set the stage for Ferrari’s dominance throughout the race.

Leclerc made strategic moves, notably overtaking McLaren’s Lando Norris during the first pit-stop phase, demonstrating Ferrari’s tactical prowess. The eventful race concluded under a virtual safety car following George Russell’s crash. The Mercedes driver, while pursuing Fernando Alonso for sixth place, lost control and crashed in the final lap, though emerged unscathed.

The incident between Alonso and Russell led to a stewards’ inquiry, resulting in a penalty for Alonso. It concluded a challenging day for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton also retiring early due to an engine failure, highlighting their current struggles in the competition.

Meanwhile, McLaren showcased strong performance with Norris and Oscar Piastri finishing third and fourth, outpacing Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who couldn’t leverage Verstappen’s absence.

Sainz’s victory was particularly remarkable, coming just over two weeks after an appendix surgery.

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