Pierre Gasly was not penalized for his collision with Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon at the Australian Grand Prix, avoiding a very likely ban from the next race due to accumulated penalty points. Almost five hours after a long, chaotic race marked by a record number of red flag stoppages, the Frenchman was relieved, as he already has ten penalty points on his license, and at twelve he would have to miss the next race. The commissioners decided that the collision was an incident in the first lap after the start, so they did not decide on a penalty. Gasly's ban will continue to hang over his head until the end of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as the day after that, on Monday, May 22, his points will be deleted for causing a collision with Lanc Stroll
FIA stewards will propose changes to the formation lap procedure ahead of restarts after a multi-racer near-collision at the Australian Grand Prix. In the first stoppage during the warm-up lap, there was congestion before turn six, which forced Kevin Magnussen into the excursion area to avoid a crash. The management of the race examined the events and considered the possible responsibility of the individual racer, but they did not decide on any measures, although the situation was allegedly caused unintentionally by George Russell, who was late in exiting the garages and thus created a larger gap between the racers on the track. The last in line, Kevin Magnussen had just driven out of the garages when the leader Lewis Hamilton went through the seventh corner. The Mercedes racer is the driving wheel
George Russell has questioned the decisions of the race management this season and expressed his displeasure at the unnecessary red flag in the first crash of the Australian Grand Prix. The race at Albert Park was stopped for the first time on lap nine when Alex Albon crashed into the guard rail. The race management first sent a safety car to the track, but then the race was stopped with a red flag, as according to the FIE there was too much sand and debris on the track. The race was then stopped twice more, a record as we have never seen three red flags in one race, all of which ended in highly questionable circumstances that led to the Haas team filing a protest against the final results. The American team hopes that they will be able to change the order by which the podium with the third place would be
Esteban Ocon was involved in a collision with teammate Pierre Gasly after the restart of the race in Australia. But instead of attacking Gasly, Ocon said the same collision could have been caused by a series of other "suicide" racers. Gasly was in fifth place after the second red flag, and in a race with just two laps to go, he tried to avoid a collision with Fernando Alonso, causing his wheels to lock up on braking into the first corner, resulting in he slid into the sandy picnic area and returned to the track right next to Ocon, who he also hit and caused both to retire. Gasly apologized to Ocon, but Ocon holds no grudges against his teammate. "The restart was chaotic and any racer could have hit me. A lot of racers were coming back to the track
The American team Haas lodged a protest against the results of the F1 race for the Australian Grand Prix, in which Max Verstappen won ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. The representative of the team has already contacted the office of the race management, and the bone of contention is said to be the change of order at the last stoppage. If it hadn't happened, Nico Hulkenberg would have stood on the podium instead of Alonso.
After Max Verstappen won the F1 Australian Grand Prix, there was speculation as to why the Dutchman was not penalized for wrongly lining up his starting position. In some photos, the Red Bull racer was standing on the white line, which marks the starting point, with the front wheels of the racing car. But the explanation is very simple, because the rules state that the tires with their "contact surface" must stand within the area marked by white lines. From the clearer photos, it appears that Max positioned his racing car in such a way that the contact surface of the front tires was not outside the marked area, while the current world champion explained that it was not a deliberate act. "To be honest, I braked a bit later and I lost the reference point," explained Verstappen. "Looked
Max Verstappen celebrated his second win of the year at the Australian Grand Prix, his first in Australia, extending his F1 World Championship points lead. On the podium of the race, which was interrupted by a safety car and three red flags, with the penultimate race interrupted only 2 laps before the end, and the last just after the start of the penultimate lap, Lewis Hamilton also found himself on the podium for the first time this year. Fernando Alonso was third. In the first round of the race, Charles Leclerc retired after a collision with Lanc Stroll, and in the 18th round, Mercedes driver George Russell retired due to an engine explosion. With two laps to go, the race was again red-flagged due to Mevin Magnussen's crash, and after the restart, there was a massive crash in the first corner that caused the race to be suspended.
Sergio Perez explained that the crash in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, which he will start from the last place, is the result of unresolved problems with the brakes that appeared already in the third free practice. The Mexican lost 3 minutes of the final practice due to technical problems in FP20, which he finished more than half a second behind teammate Max Verstappen's time after two fast laps in which he had problems with locked wheels on braking. After qualifying, he explained that they were confident they had fixed the problems. "I was just a passenger in the race car when I started braking," he said. "There was nothing I could do but brake. Something is causing the braking ratio to shift to the front wheels. I just hope we can fix the problem before the race so I can minimize the damage." T
Max Verstappen says he is happy with the top starting position for the Australian Grand Prix after suffering a lot of tire warm-up problems during qualifying. At Red Bull, unlike their rivals, they did not use the tactic of two practice laps before the fast lap to warm up the tires, and as a result, Verstappen slipped to sixth place during Q3. The Dutchman felt a sense of relief after setting the fastest time in the final fast lap, which saw him take the 21st pole position of his career by almost a quarter of a second ahead of George Russell. "The last round was pretty good," he said. "Until then we had a lot of problems with grip. Everyone did two practice laps, or two fast laps. I only had one lap and this time it worked out, so I'm very happy." The race in Australia will be e
George Russell won the second starting position in the F1 qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Only Max Verstappen was faster than the Briton, and the Mercedes driver said he was disappointed that he did not win the best starting position, which he was behind by 0.236 seconds, with the unexpected resurrection of the Silver Arrows on the streets of Albert Park. Although Mercedes did not prepare major innovations for this race, the W14 car proved to be quite competitive in relatively cold conditions and the German team recorded the best qualifying of the season with Russell's achievement and Lewis Hamilton's third place. "We didn't expect that, that's for sure," said Russell after qualifying, who finished the second free practice 0.8 seconds off the fastest practice time set by Fernan