Ferrari starting to show some promise

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The third round of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship got underway on Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix, a race where Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen wasn’t the dominant driver for once.

It started out like any other race, with Verstappen in the lead early on, but then his car suffered some trouble and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, having missed the previous round in Saudi Arabia due to surgery for appendicitis, was able to capitalize. The Ferrari man was first across the finish line and was followed close behind by teammate Charles Leclerc.

Despite retiring in the Australian round, Verstappen remains in the lead in the points tally, and is still very much the driver to beat. The Dutch youngster, who’s chasing his fourth straight title, set two records last season: the most wins in a single season with 19, and the most consecutive wins in a season at 10. With the 2024 season set to host a record 24 races, more records could certainly fall if Verstappen’s domination picks up again.

Fellow Red Bull driver Sergio Perez finished in second place in the first two races, but only fifth in Australia, due in part to a grid penalty handed down in qualifying that saw him start in the midfield.

Like Perez, Sainz and Leclerc have fought for podium finishes, but are still off the pace of Verstappen. McLaren is close behind Ferrari in terms of performance. Both drivers Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris have also battled for podium finishes.

Mercedes-Benz AMG in contrast has failed to deliver. The team, made up of drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, has struggled with the car in the high-speed corners. And in Australia, Hamilton was forced to retire due to power unit issues, and Russell also failed to finish due to a crash.

Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time for teams to make changes and for drivers to catch up with current leader Verstappen, as there are still 21 races to go this season.

Below are the 2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship standings

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing – 51 points
2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 47 points
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing – 46 points
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari – 40 points
5) Oscar Piastri, McLaren – 28 points
6) Lando Norris, McLaren – 27 points
7) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 18 points
8) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin – 16 points
9) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin – 9 points
10) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG – 8 points
11) Oliver Bearman, Ferrari – 6 points
12) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas – 3 points
13) Kevin Magnussen, Haas – 1 point
14) Alexander Albon, Williams – 0 points
15) Zhou Guanyu, Sauber – 0 points
16) Daniel Ricciardo, RB – 0 points
17) Esteban Ocon, Alpine – 0 points
18) Yuki Tsunoda, RB – 0 points
19) Logan Sargeant, Williams – 0 points
20) Valtteri Bottas, Sauber – 0 points
21) Pierre Gasly, Alpine – 0 points

Below are the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship standings:

1) Red Bull Racing – 97 points
2) Ferrari – 93 points
3) McLaren – 55 points
4) Mercedes-Benz AMG – 26 points
5) Aston Martin – 25 points
6) RB – 6 points
7) Haas – 4 points
8) Sauber – 0 points
9) Williams – 0 points
10) Alpine – 0 points

Below are the 2024 F1 season race winners:

Bahrain Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Australian Grand Prix – Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
Japanese Grand Prix – TBA
Chinese Grand Prix – TBA
Miami Grand Prix – TBA
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – TBA
Monaco Grand Prix – TBA
Canadian Grand Prix – TBA
Spanish Grand Prix – TBA
Austrian Grand Prix – TBA
British Grand Prix – TBA
Hungarian Grand Prix – TBA
Belgian Grand Prix – TBA
Dutch Grand Prix – TBA
Italian Grand Prix – TBA
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – TBA
Singapore Grand Prix – TBA
United States Grand Prix (Austin) – TBA
Mexican Grand Prix – TBA
Brazilian Grand Prix – TBA
Las Vegas Grand Prix – TBA
Qatar Grand Prix – TBA
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – TBA

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