Max Verstappen wins a chaotic and farcical Australian Grand Prix that saw EIGHT cars withdraw and THREE red flags… with Lewis Hamilton taking second as Red Bull continue their dominant form

It was mayhem in Melbourne as Max Verstappen survived a wacky races shoot-out to win the Australian Grand Prix that ended under a safety car two-and-a-half hours after it had started. This would allow the chequered flag to be waved, the 58th lap having been honoured. Hamilton’s podium was his – and Mercedes’ – first of 2023. If it turned into a procession before the made ending, the first dozen laps were riveting. And in a boost for Mercedes after a depressing start to the season, they found form both in qualifying and over the 58 laps of the race. Russell, starting second, made a brilliant start, taking Verstappen on the opening corner. Verstappen, meanwhile, was without Perez, who started at the back after an accident in qualifying. When the race restarted from a standing start after a 16-minute hiatus, Russell did well to get up to fifth.

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