Charles Leclerc seals win in Australian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen abandonment hands George Russell a podium place

CHARLES LECLERC has won the Australian Grand Prix to pick up his second victory in three races this year. Hamilton had got off to a dream start, gaining two places inside the first turn after overtaking Lando Norris and Sergio Perez into third place. But the pace of Red Bull man Perez was too much and he overtook Hamilton in the tenth lap. Perez lost position due to a safety car but had no problem overtaking Russell with Red Bull showing how strong their pace is down the straight. Leclerc said after his win: “It’s the first one where we controlled the gap – what a car today. After claiming his first podium of the season Russell said: “We’ve got to be in it to win it and capitalise from others’ misfortune.

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