Red Bull dominates qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix
Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez crashes out in Q1
Red Bull’s domination of the Australian Grand Prix’s qualifying has been the topic of discussion among the members of the paddock. During the first session of the qualifying process, a red flag was flown after Sergio Perez crashed out after going off four times during practice. Max Verstappen went on to take the top spot with a time of 1:18.063.
Williams’ Alex Albon surprises in Q1
Despite the Red Bull dominance, Williams’ Alex Albon managed to leap into the second spot, 0.08 seconds behind Verstappen, before Fernando Alonso took the lead. However, Verstappen was quick to retake the top spot, going half a second faster than his previous best time.
Aussie Oscar Piastri fails to qualify in Q1
Austrialian rookie Oscar Piastri failed to make it past Q1, qualifying 16th, just 0.04 seconds behind 15th-placed Yuki Tsunoda, and about three tenths behind teammate Lando Norris. Other drivers who missed out include Valtteri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou, and Logan Sargeant.
Nico Hulkenberg surprises in Q2
Nico Hulkenberg surprised in Q2 by putting his Haas amongst the Red Bulls, Aston Martins and Ferraris in the top six. Verstappen and Alonso led the way in the session.
Karun Chandhok examines McLaren’s performance
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok stated his interest in seeing how McLaren fared in the race. He believed they could both crack the top 10 in qualifying. McLaren finished in 7th and 8th place.
Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly prove to be Alpine’s surprise
In the final practice running at Albert Park, Alpine surprised everyone with Esteban Ocon coming third, and Pierre Gasly in fifth place. This was an impressive feat, given Red Bull’s dominance in the session.
Red Bull boss denies claims of favouritism towards Max Verstappen
Red Bull boss Christian Horner denied Sergio Perez’s claims that the team favoured Max Verstappen over his former teammates like Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, and Daniil Kyvat. Despite widespread perception, Horner insisted that they have always striven to give both drivers the best opportunity and the best equipment.
Sergio Perez denies strained relationship with Jos Verstappen
Sergio Perez denied media rumours about his strained relationship with Jos Verstappen, Max Verstappen’s father. This comes after a video circulated that showed a tense exchange between the two at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Perez stated that he has a good relationship with Jos and respects him.
The possibility of holding the Australian Grand Prix at night
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has shown interest in holding the Australian Grand Prix at night in the future. He also hopes to make the Albert Park race the season opener.