Teams’ response just after the Ferrari-dominated Australian Grand Prix

Teams’ response just after the Ferrari-dominated Australian Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix, GP Australia, Albert Parkau

The nail-biting Australian Grand Prix observed Scuderia Ferrari snatch their 86th 1-two complete in Method Just one with Carlos Sainz rising on leading, possessing shipped a sensational general performance on his return just after his new surgical procedures.


Ferrari could have barely built a superior career than what they have performed at the Australian Grand Prix. Acquiring just returned from his surgical procedures, Carlos Sainz managed the race from the start off, having his 3rd grand prix victory. Whilst it was a hard race for the Spaniard phisically, it was his to start with dominant victory just after the tough-fought wins that he secured in Silverstone (2022) and Singapore (2023).

At the other facet of the garage, Charles Leclerc shipped a faultess general performance, while his race was compromised by his start off placement that compelled him to pit early. This technique conclusion that was taken in get to undercut Lando Norris intended that he was compelled to total a pretty extensive center stint. As a end result, the Monegasque was not able to problem his group-mate, but he confirmed his rate by environment the speediest race lap in Melbourne even with getting on marginally more mature tyres than his immediate rivals.

Carlos Sainz, 1st

“What a rollercoaster! I’m exceptionally satisfied! I felt great in the car or truck correct from lap one and just after overtaking Max (Verstappen), when I was in totally free air, I started out environment a solid rate that took me all the way to the complete line, bringing residence the to start with earn of the year. I’m also satisfied that George is Okay just after the major crash.

“The group justifies this 1-two, we did a wonderful career all weekend, from FP1 to the very last lap. We executed a excellent race, nailed the technique and the mechanics ended up amazing offering exact and fast pit stops just about every one time. Congratulations to absolutely everyone! Let us have this momentum to Japan! Vamos!”

Charles Leclerc, 2nd

“It was a actually great weekend for the group. We maximised our details and still left very little on the desk, bringing residence a one-two complete and the speediest lap. Carlos did a strong career now. On my facet, I experienced a great to start with stint and we managed to get in advance of Lando (Norris) in the course of the pit end. I struggled a little bit with graining on my to start with established of hards and experienced a much better rate on the very last stint on the next established of hards, taking care of the hole to Lando.

“We have started out out the year with a few weekends in which we have built the most of our prospective, which feels actually great and is a testimony to all the tough function that our group has place in above the earlier months.”

Placing this on repeat for the relaxation of the working day 🤩🏆#F1 #AusGP

— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) March 24, 2024


McLaren have scored their to start with podium of the year with Lando Norris ending 3rd driving the two Ferraris. Their MCL38 has been pretty regular and fast all by way of the weekend with the Albert Park circuit’s medium- and substantial-pace corners possessing favoured the car’s strengths.

Just after Oscar Piastri elected to pit early for fresh new hards, he was on the back again foot in comparison to his group-mate. It was consequently no shock that the group questioned the Australian to swap placement with Norris in get to permit the Briton chase Charles Leclerc.

Lando Norris, third

“Our to start with podium of the year! It was a pretty great working day for us. P3, P4 and a lot of details in the championship. I consider our rate was solid now, but Ferrari and Carlos did a pretty great career, so hats off to them. They’ve been quick all weekend. The car or truck felt great, and I could handle the tyres pretty very well now, and that was a great action.

“It’s very clear that this circuit satisfies us a tiny little bit far more, so we have been in a position to thrust and unlock a tiny little bit of pace. But Ferrari and Pink Bull are nevertheless 1 or two actions in advance of us, so we need to have to capture up. A significant many thanks to absolutely everyone in McLaren, they’ve been doing the job unbelievably tough. We’re finding nearer to our goal. I was not anticipating to be on the podium but it is wonderful to be back again, I’m pretty satisfied and very pleased of our group. Ideally, we can have a lot of far more.”

Oscar Piastri, 4th

“P4. A great end result for us. I consider the rate was great the total way by way of. I struggled a tiny little bit on the to start with established of Hards, I just grained them a tiny little bit and then experienced a tiny little bit of a second. I consider it was a pretty great working day in conditions of details for the group. I you should not consider there was also significantly we could have performed on my facet, so yeah, I’m quite satisfied. So shut to a podium but it will arrive. Lando did a fantastic career now finding the P3. All in all, a profitable 7 days at residence.”

Pink Bull

Pink Bull have experienced a unusual weekend. They appeared to be solid from the to start with laps onwards on Friday, but Ferrari seemed nearer to them than in the opening two rounds of the year. The Scuderia topped the next and 3rd follow as very well as the opening and the center phase of qualifying ahead of Verstappen secured pole placement from Carlos Sainz.

In the race, the Dutchman led the way just after the start off, but Sainz overtook him on Lap two ahead of he was compelled to retire with a mechanical concern. It emerged that his brake experienced been caught on because the lights went out, which led to a fireplace on the correct rear corner of the RB20. Verstappen was compelled to limp back again to the pits with his car or truck on fireplace for his to start with retirement in two many years.

At the other facet of the garage, Sergio Perez experienced a peaceful race. The Mexican started out only from P6 just after obtaining a a few-spot grid fall penalty for keeping up Nico Hulkenberg in the opening qualifying session. Along with a insignificant ground injury, the 5-time race winner appeared to absence race pace and endure from graining on his entrance tyres just as he did on Friday.

Max Verstappen, DNF

“It is unlucky about what transpired now, but we can see so considerably in the information that as quickly as the lights went off the correct rear brake just caught on and locked. It was generally like driving with the hand brake on so, of program, the temperature just stored on rising and then I could see smoke look as it experienced caught fireplace.

“This at the time was pretty bewildering as the car or truck was actually unusual to travel in some corners. At convert a few, I braked and misplaced the rear conclusion of the car or truck it felt unusual on the rear axel, then on convert 6 and 7 it snapped on me. The Crew will examine and we will see if there are any responses but there are some factors you just can’t manage. It is a disgrace as the car or truck felt actually great in the laps to the grid, but you are unable to manage these challenges and these factors transpire.

“Of program, I am let down we did not complete the race as we experienced a great shot at successful and the car or truck has been enhancing during the weekend. We realized a working day like could arrive at some stage so we need to have to be very pleased that we have experienced a fantastic operate with 9 races in a row and we can arrive back again much better for Suzuka.”

Sergio Perez, fifth

“I really do not consider it was an excellent weekend for us, because Friday we experienced struggled pretty a little bit with the extensive operate and we experimented with distinct methods and compromises for Saturday but we could not get a complete manage on it. In the to start with stint the equilibrium was tremendous neutral, I did not have any rear grip and we entirely ruined the rear tyres and then the next stint I entirely ruined the entrance tyres.

“It was not a wonderful equilibrium out there, it was a little bit of surviving manner with the degradation we experienced, and we did not match up to Ferrari or McLaren. The grid penalty also harmed us due to the fact without having that we could have finished up a great deal even more up. I consider now was observe dependent, so ideally when we go to Japan we are back again on leading.”


Mercedes ongoing their unusual start off to the year. The Brackley-primarily based outfit confirmed flashes of fantastic pace at many details of the weekend, but they ended up not able to supply when it actually mattered. They lacked 1-lap pace in qualifying which intended that Hamilton and Russell certified only eleventh and seventh respectively.

Throughout the fifty eight-lap race, the 7-time earth winner was compelled to retire with a electric power device concern on Lap seventeen though Russell lacked race rate ahead of enduring a massive crash in the closing phases of the race.

Lewis Hamilton, DNF

“My race was likely Okay up until eventually the stage we experienced the Electrical power Device failure. It is pretty hard to overtake listed here but we experienced attained some positions early on with the Tender tyre. It was unlucky that we experienced to retire as there was nevertheless a extensive way to go. I was commencing to push on, but the Electrical power Device just stopped. These factors transpire and I know we will bounce back again.

“We will also boost the car or truck as the year goes on. We have performed so in former many years, and I am self-assured we will do so yet again. It is hard that we are not as aggressive as we would like at the second, but we will preserve doing the job tough. I am targeted on executing that with the group. In the small phrase, I assume we will nevertheless obtain it challenging to problem even more up but we will see what we can do in the medium phrase.”

George Russell, DNF

“I’m Okay just after the incident the good thing is. I really do not actually know how to describe what transpired. I was 50 %-a-next driving Fernando (Alonso) one hundred metres ahead of the corner and then instantly he arrived back again toward me exceptionally immediately. It was very clear that he braked before than he experienced performed on former laps and then received back again on the throttle. I was not anticipating that, and it caught me by shock. I strike the wall and experienced a spectacular couple seconds just after that.

“It was a disappointing conclusion to a challenging race. Our rate was not wherever we preferred it to be. We confirmed spells of great lap moments but in the long run we have received function to do to capture people in advance. We will be targeted on how we can make advancements in advance of Japan in two weeks’ time.”

Aston Martin

Aston Martin endured a challenging qualifying, but they could capitalize on the misfortunes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to rating twelve details in Australia. Even so, it was a relatively challenging journey for the Silverstone-primarily based outfit down beneath in Melbourne. Even though Lance Stroll sounded delighted just after the race, Fernando Alonso experienced an eventful race.

The Spaniard was obviously the a lot quicker Aston Martin driver in the race, but he was strike with a 20-next penalty for switching his driving type in an “extraordinary” way which led to George Russell’s massive crash. As a end result, the two-time earth winner dropped down the get to P8 driving his group mate and RB racer Yuki Tsunoda.

Fernando Alonso, eighth

“We ended up a tiny fortunate with the timing of the Digital Protection Motor vehicle when Lewis [Hamilton] retired. Then I was quite satisfied sat driving Checo [Perez] due to the fact I could use the DRS to pull a hole. I misplaced a great deal of time when Charles [Leclerc] arrived out from the pits – but people seconds we attained proved to be gold dust at the conclusion.

“In the closing laps, George caught me immediately. I realized that he was coming, then he was in DRS variety for 5 or 6 laps, so I was just executing qualifying laps to keep in advance. I preferred to maximise my exit pace from Switch 6 to protect towards him. Which is what any racing driver would do, and I did not come to feel it was hazardous. It really is disappointing to get a penalty from the stewards for what was tough but honest racing. However, I am happy that George is ok. It was not wonderful to see his car or truck in the center of the observe.

“This was not the greatest weekend for us in conditions of rate, but our race was very well executed: great technique, amazing pit-stops, fantastic dependability. I consider we almost certainly scored far more details now than our rate merited – but we are going to consider that.”

Lance Stroll, sixth

“It was a strong race now and I am delighted to decide up a couple details. I experienced a solid start off, attaining a few of sites on the to start with lap, and then settled into a great rhythm. As predicted, taking care of the tyres was the greatest problem owing to the substantial degradation, but I seemed just after them very well and the group did a great career with the race technique. We nevertheless have some far more rate to obtain in the car or truck, but I consider we depart Australia being aware of we built the most of the bundle we have.”

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The Visa Funds Application RB squad experienced a solid weekend in Australia. Yuki Tsunoda certified eighth, beating the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Whilst he necessary some misfortunes for Hamilton, Alonso, Max Verstappen and George Russell, he was in a position to capitalize on people incidents and went on to rating a important haul of details for the Faenza-primarily based outfit.

Residence favorite Daniel Ricciardo seemed solid in qualifying, but a observe limitations infringement intended that he was knocked out at the conclusion of the to start with qualifying phase. Whilst he confirmed flashes of encouraging rate, specifically in the course of his very last stint, he finished the race down in P12, 5 sites driving his group-mate.

Daniel Ricciardo, twelfth

“Just after very last evening, I permit go of the disappointment and place it apart coming into the race. I experimented with to get the most out of now and there ended up some great stints in there. A great deal of motorists pitted early like me, but starting up from the back again of the grid, we experienced to check out a thing. I consider in the to start with stint on the tough compound I misplaced a tiny little bit of time as the graining arrived up quite quickly with the VSC, but the next 1 was absolutely far more aggressive.

“I was in a position to travel on a small one:21 as a lap time ahead of we received some blue flags, so there ended up unquestionably some great and encouraging times during the race. Nonetheless, I consider we’re nevertheless lacking some factors as at times I come to feel like and I’m not carrying adequate pace in some corners. Throughout the race, I marked some details that are great for accumulating information and will assist us go on knowledge our car or truck. Naturally, I would have beloved to have a superior weekend and start off to the year, specifically just after the preparing I experienced coming into it.

“Even so, there is no stress, we go on maintaining our eyes on the prize and doing the job with each other. I come to feel like the car or truck by itself has not actually adjusted from very last calendar year, it is an update but the attributes are pretty identical. There is some self-assurance in that and I really do not consider we have to alter anything, so we’ll obtain a thing in 1 of the future weekends to go on the optimistic general performance craze.”

Yuki Tsunoda, seventh

“Finally, a leading ten complete, the group absolutely justifies it, and I’m pretty satisfied! We ended up pretty regular during this weekend and the car or truck felt great straight absent, so we just experienced to place it all with each other and have a cleanse race to rating details in this restricted midfield, and we ended up in a position to realize that now. We did not make any faults and it is essential for the group and me to have that self-assurance likely into the future races. To have a cleanse race appears uncomplicated, but the very last two races have been disheartening for us, so ending P8 now, just after a successful restructuring, was absolutely deserved.

“The group did a wonderful career, and I can see the group is considerably enhancing just about every race. The change in the car or truck amongst the exact same time in Melbourne very last calendar year and this calendar year is spectacular. The total of function we place into that car or truck was enormous and the function absolutely compensated off. To be genuine, the race was not so uncomplicated due to the fact other groups really picked up their rate pretty a little bit, but I’m pretty satisfied we ended up in a position to maximise our general performance and possibility, and happy to listen to that George is ok in the conclusion. The total weekend is a fantastic way to go into Japan, specifically with this end result beneath the belt, and at minimum, I’m in a position to give some hope to the Japanese followers.

“I have not scored any F1 details at my residence Grand Prix, but the car or truck appears great, so let us check out yet again this calendar year. I have been resetting myself just about every 7 days and our car or truck has been pretty regular which is distinct in comparison to very last calendar year, so which is a power. For myself, I just find out from former races and aim on what I can do superior to assist the group. Now it is time for us to analyse, reset and thrust yet again in Japan!”


Acquiring struggled with tyre have on all by way of very last year, Haas have obviously built massive inroads in conditions of tyre administration for 2024. The American outfit concluded in the details with both of those automobiles in Melbourne, capitalizing on the misfortunes for Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and George Russell.

The team’s two motorists, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen sounded relieved and optimistic that they have a significantly superior system to create on in races this calendar year just after normally possessing dropped down the get in races very last calendar year owing to major tyre have on.

Nico Hulkenberg, ninth

“The to start with VSC assisted me and I overtook a car or truck at each and every of my stops at the pit exit and that actually built my race now, that with each other with the VSC and our teamwork – so I’m actually satisfied. Finding P9 and P10 with 1 leading car or truck crashing out and Verstappen possessing to retire, it is nevertheless the scenario wherever if the leading 5 groups complete, there is not significantly still left. I come to feel far more inspired now that the car or truck felt superior than in qualifying yesterday, which is distinct from very last calendar year, but it is functional to have it this way all-around.”

Kevin Magnussen, tenth

“We received both of those automobiles in the details with fantastic teamwork at the time yet again. The VSC did not assist me, but on the flipside, it assisted Nico so we could get him back again into the fight and it is wonderful to get a few details listed here. It is pretty encouraging and it is a distinct way to go racing very last calendar year we woke up on race working day being aware of it is not likely to be great. These days, I woke up being aware of we would have a likelihood to battle, and it was genuine. We ended up much better with our race rate than qualifying, and we just need to have to preserve doing the job in this course.”


Williams have endured a pretty challenging weekend just after Alexander Albon experienced experienced a major crash in No cost Follow one. The Thai driver misplaced manage of his FW46 with the incident leading to considerable injury to the chassis of his car or truck. The group resolved to withdraw Logan Sargeant and hand above the Miami-born driver’s car or truck to Albon, believing that they have superior likelihood to rating details with the previous Pink Bull driver at the Albert Park circuit that commonly turns into a competition of incidents and interruptions.

The team’s conclusion seemed justified in the course of the race as Albon was established to rating details ahead of functioning out of tyres in the ultimate aspect of the grand prix. In the meantime, the group has despatched the Thai drivers’ chassis back again to Grove and it is hopeful that it can repair service the damages it has sustained in advance of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Alex Albon, eleventh

“Our early pit stops ended up disguising our absence of race rate now we experimented with to keep in the race by pitting early and finding back again observe placement but in the long run the rate of our opponents was also solid. Each individual time I experimented with to match the rate with the automobiles all-around me, I would grain and when I could do my have race, I was a few and a 50 % tenths off the rate. We experienced a great deal of graining and ended up battling the car or truck all over the place, so we need to have to have a great glimpse at why. With a few of the leading groups retiring, it is disheartening that we could not capitalise on this and our rivals did, but it exhibits our rate was not fast adequate to nevertheless be sitting down outdoors the details.

“It is been a hard weekend for us at Williams but we have pulled by way of pretty very well and actually arrive with each other as a group. Anyone at the observe has actually dug deep so I can only thank them for their tough function and perseverance and of program to Logan for getting a genuine group participant. Honestly, I’m pretty satisfied with my general performance looking at the instances but we’re likely to go on to rally as a group and ideally arrive back again battling in Japan.”


Alpine experienced a pretty challenging start off to their year just after noticing that they have slipped down to the base conclusion of the pecking get. Even so, the group has proven some advancements above the Melbourne weekend. Esteban Ocon managed to get himself by way of into the next qualifying phase, but a tear-off received caught in the rear brake duct of his car or truck in the race which compelled him to conduct an further end.

The Enstone-primarily based squad intends to introduce a couple updates in the coming races which should really assist them to shut the hole to their immediate rivals, Haas, Kick Sauber, Williams and RB.

Esteban Ocon, sixteenth

“It was an unlucky race now, as we experienced to make an further end to get rid of a tear-off caught in the rear brake duct. Prior to the pit-end I was functioning in a team with Alex [Albon] and Kevin [Magnussen], and in entrance of Nico [Hülkenberg]. With out that further end, we ended up almost certainly in with a likelihood of scoring details seeking at how the race unfolded.

“These days, and this weekend in normal, the car or truck felt a little bit superior and exhibits that we’re generating some development. We need to have to consider it action-by-action and preserve pushing in advance of Japan, which is a race I’m actually seeking ahead to, as it is 1 of my favorite tracks and the followers there make it further exclusive.”

Pierre Gasly, thirteenth

“There is no pleasure to consider from today’s end result as ending outdoors of the details is in no way wherever we intend to complete races. We built some development, even though, and we experimented with to maximise what we experienced and I’d say we did that now. I experimented with my greatest inside of the car or truck, it was a challenging race at moments, but we caught with it correct to the conclusion.

“We will all go on our collective tough function. We have some sections coming quickly as we preserve closing the hole to people in advance of us. It is been a fast paced 7 days in Australia and I now glimpse ahead to racing in Suzuka, 1 of my favourites on the Method one calendar.”

Kick Sauber

One more guarantee and a different disappointment! Kick Sauber experienced a quite great qualifying with Valtteri Bottas though Zhou Guanyu was compelled to start off the race from the pit lane just after reverting to an more mature specification entrance wing. Even so, the group encountered challenges in the course of the pit end in the 3rd consecutive race.

The Hinwil-primarily based outfit has built precautionary tweaks to the components for this weekend, but they ended up doubtful irrespective of whether the modifications would be adequate to conquer all the challenges. Even though Bottas was held up in Bahrain and Zhou in Jeddah, it was the Finn’s convert in Melbourne to encounter pit end challenges at the time yet again. The group misplaced a wheelnut that popped out of the gun and rolled into the quick lane and hence most likely into the route of other automobiles.

Valtteri Bottas, 14th

“It’s in no way fantastic to see a great race arrive to very little: it is disheartening as, until eventually the pit end, factors ended up likely actually very well. We experienced a great start off, most importantly we experienced solid rate and we should really have received details. It is clear that we nevertheless have to function to resolve the challenges influencing us: what we have performed so considerably has lowered the incidence a great deal, but the threat is nevertheless there – as we have found now. There is an aspect of poor luck there, and there is very little the pit crew could have performed in another way, it is a technological concern that requirements to be solved.

“We can nevertheless obtain some positives – our general performance is enhancing, we have built a action ahead with the updates the group has introduced and we should really have been in the details. We ended up battling with Fernando in the opening phases, and I consider P8 or P9 would have been within just arrive at. We preserve doing the job tough: there will be far more updates coming quickly and I consider we can make an even larger action in Japan.”

Zhou Guanyu, fifteenth

“This weekend was a challenging 1. Starting up from the pit lane is usually challenging, and getting caught in a DRS prepare built it challenging for me to overtake. There ended up some details up for grabs for the group now, but, sadly, we did not handle to be up there, battling for them.

“Throughout my next pit end, I professional an concern, outdoors of my manage, relevant to my gearbox – when I referred to as for the equipment, the car or truck stalled which charge me loads of time. Over-all, our race rate ongoing to glimpse pretty solid and aggressive with the groups all-around us. It is been a misplaced possibility, but as a group, we’ll go on our function to bounce back again in Suzuka.”

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