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Around Albert Park: Point for Albon, Leclerc on Top, Verstappen Out

At the recently held Australian Grand Prix, Russell proved his worth by grabbing a podium place whereas Albon opened the scorebook for Williams

We are done with the third race of the F1 2022 season as the Australian Grand Prix witnessed a new face on the podium whereas the day around the Albert Park was not a brilliant one for defending champion Max Verstappen. For those who did not watch the amazing battle, in the following paragraphs, we have jotted down the crucial happenings of the race.

Verstappen out 

The third race of the season was not a brilliant one for Verstappen as his Red Bull car spilt fluids and got caught on fire because of which, he had to retire from the race. Out of three races so far, Verstappen had to retire from two races, whereas he won the one race he finished at Jeddah. After three races, the defending champion is in sixth place with 25 points.

What a run from Albon!

After staying away from Formula One for a little over a year, Alex Albon made a comeback in 2022 with team Williams. At Albert Park, the Thai-British driver put on a magical show and finished the race in the tenthposition. He gave team Williams a much-needed point given how the historical team has been suffering for years in F1.

Russell on fire

Mercedes-AMG’s newbie driver Russell finally proved his worth in the third race of the season by finishing third. He secured the podium, which gave Mercedes 15 important points because of which; they are now second on the constructors’ table. The Australian GP was Russell’s first podium for Mercedes, whereas his second career podium after last year’s epic finish at Belgium with team Williams.

The era of Leclerc has arrived

Leclerc has always been an amazing driver, but in the past couple of years, Ferrari has had numerous issues with their car. However, in 2022, they have got all things on point because of which, Leclerc has won two out of the three races held so far with one second-place finish at Jeddah. At Albert Park, he earned his second win and further secured his place on the drivers’ championship table.

McLaren catching up

McLaren has struggled in the first and second races of the season. Although they are presently fourth on the constructors’ table, they are far off from the third position with merely 24 points in their bag. However, at Albert Park, McLaren displayed improvement as the duo of Lando and Dani finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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