Red Bull’s sizzling start continues as world champion Max Verstappen sets track record, but McLaren and Aussie Oscar Piastri continue to struggle at Australian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s reigning world champion Max Verstappen has set a track record in practice to confirm his favouritism for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Verstappen posted a sizzling fastest lap of one minute 17.565 seconds in Saturday’s third and final practice session at the Albert Park circuit. Australia’s Oscar Piastri (1:18.713) was 14th quickest in the last practice before the qualifying session starts at 4pm AEDT. Verstappen won the season-opening grand prix in Bahrain ahead of teammate Sergio Perez and finished second behind Perez in the next race in Saudi Arabia. ‘It’s a fantastic starting point to the season … but we’re conscious that it’s a very long season, there’s still 21 races to go,’ Horner said. On Saturday, the 21-year-old completed 21 laps in a wet second session.

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