The highly anticipated Australian Grand Prix 2023 saw Dutch driver Max Verstappen emerge victorious in a breathtaking race filled with twists and turns. Despite a difficult start, Verstappen's impressive driving skills and quick pace saw him ultimately take the lead and secure the win.
A Poor Start, a Quick Pace
At the beginning of the race, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell overtook Verstappen. However, an incident involving Albon led to the race being temporarily stopped on the eighth lap.
After a restart, Hamilton held onto first place, while Russell dropped to eighth and eventually retired after his car caught fire. A pivotal moment occurred in the 12th round, when Verstappen successfully passed Hamilton. He maintained a comfortable lead until the red flag was raised again due to Kevin Magnussen's crash four laps before the end.
A Mess, but a Win
The race was stopped for a third time, and as the final lap began, Verstappen took the lead and won the race. Fernando Alonso, who was in third place, was relegated to third place following the reset of the race.
Verstappen reflected on the race, stating: "We had a very poor start, and lap one I was careful because I had a lot to lose and they had a lot to win... The pace of the car was quick - you could see that straight away. We were always there, waiting for the DRS for the chance to pass.
But with these red flags, I don't know. The first one, maybe you can do it but the second one I don't understand. So, it was a bit of a mess, but we survived everything and we won, which, of course, is the most important thing."
LAP 55/58 🚩 RED FLAG 🚩
The race has been red-flagged!
Verstappen Leads the Standings
In the overall standings, Verstappen leads with 69 points, followed by teammate Sergio Perez with 54 points, and Fernando Alonso in third place with 45 points.
The official results are yet to be verified, but Verstappen's victory in the Australian Grand Prix marks a promising start to the season.
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