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Australian GP 2024: ‘Checo’ will start third, after ‘magical laps’ by Verstappen and Sainz (Video)

The Mexican driver Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez had a good classification in the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, improving last season’s result; however, It was not enough for him to be at the level of Max Verstappencurrent three-time Formula 1 champion, and Carlos Sainz, a Ferrari driver recovering from surgery.

At the end of the Australian GP classification‘Checo”s result today was a third place, in a session in which Red Bull made the most of the capacity of its car against the onslaught of Sainz.

Despite Ferrari’s dominance in free practice at the Albert Park Circuit, Max Verstappen confirmed that he is in a better level than the rest of the drivers from the grid and put in a couple of magical laps in the final qualifying session.

How was the fight for pole position for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix?

The Grand Prix qualy seemed to be painted Ferrari red. Charles Leclerc had been the fastest in free practice 2 and 3 ahead of Carlos Saínz. However, Sainz looked more solid aboard the Italian team’s car.

During the first two stages of qualifying for the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, Ferrari showed that it was in better rhythm and excited its fans, the ‘tifosi’. Meanwhile, the two Red Bull cars looked more fragile compared to their Italian rivals.

The four cars advanced without difficulty to the final phase of the classification and a close battle was expected.

Already in ‘Q3’, Ferrari decided to put its cars on the track before its rivals. Carlos Sainz immediately went to the top, but, seconds later, Max Verstappen made his first magical lap to surpass him, pouring a bucket of cold water on the fans of the red team.

Further back, ‘Checo’ and Leclerc fought for the second row of the Australian Grand Prix in the absence of the final round.

With about three minutes left, the cars returned to the Albert Park Circuit track. Ferrari changed the strategy and decided to leave after Red Bull in expectation of what ‘Checo’ and Verstappen could do.

Max accelerated fully. He found the rhythm he hadn’t had until then and lowered his time even further. Sainz was not discouraged and pressed the accelerator hard, but fell short, leaving the possibility of a pole position for Ferrar in the hands of Charles Leclerc, who was the last driver to start a timed lap.

When Leclerc, who will be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at Ferrari, was in the final part of his lap, Charles made a mistake and had to wake up from the dream of giving the ‘tifosi’ a pole, confirming that Verstappen, once again, was the fastest in Formula 1.

This is how the starting grid for the 2024 Australian GP looks: ‘Czech’ goes vs. Lando Norris

Another of the surprises that this year’s Australian Grand Prix classification left us was the elimination of Lewis Hamilton in Q2, because he clocked the eleventh best time.

Once the session is over, ‘Checo’ will share the second row of the grid with Lando Norris, from McLaren, who took advantage of Leclerc’s mistake to improve his starting position.

The Australian Grand Prix has the following grid:

  1. Max Verstappen
  2. Carlos Sainz
  3. Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez
  4. Lando Norris
  5. Charles Leclerc
  6. Oscar Piastri
  7. George Russell
  8. Yuki Tsunoda
  9. Lance Stroll
  10. Fernando Alonso
  11. Lewis Hamilton
  12. Alex Albon
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Kevin Magnussen
  15. Esteban Ocon
  16. Nico Hulkenberg
  17. Pierre Gasly
  18. Daniel Ricciardo
  19. Zhou Guanyou

The other Williams driver, Logn Sargeant, will not compete in the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, after his team decided to remove him from the car and give his place to Albon, who destroyed his car in practice 1.

Australian GP 2024: This is the race schedule

The Australian Grand Prix race will be broadcast this Saturday, March 23 due to the time difference.

The race will begin at 10:00 p.m.central Mexico time, on Saturday.

2024 Australian Grand Prix broadcast channels

As is already a tradition, the broadcast of the 2024 Australian GP will be carried out through the F1 TV app and cable television channels.

In this case the two ways to see ‘Checo’ at hundreds of kilometers per hour are:

  • F1 TVstreaming service whose initial subscription package starts at 74 pesos
  • FOX Sports Mexicoa channel available on cable television systems or through streaming, whose cost is 35 pesos for the first three months.

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