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Bad news for ‘Checo’ Pérez: How is the F1 drivers’ championship going in 2024?

She was his and he let her go! Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez had the opportunity to leave the 2024 Australian Grand Prix as leader of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, but his RB20, the Red Bull car, did not have anything to help him achieve the feat and, instead, The Mexican gave up a position in the battle.

Carlos Sainz won the Australian GP, ​​where Ferrari achieved its first 1-2 since the Bahrain GPgiven that Charles Leclerc arrived in second position ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren.

‘Checo’ Pérez had a discreet performance at the Albert Park circuit, home of the 2024 Australian GP, ​​and finished in fifth position.

The Mexican driver’s career was limited by the lack of pace of the Red Bull RB20, a car that Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez himself criticized, pointing out that it does not adapt to his driving style.

Max Verstappen abandoned the 2024 Australian GP

One of the key points of the Grand Prix occurred just on lap three. After the start, Max Verstappen managed to contain the attacks of Carlos Sainz, who is recovering from surgery. Nevertheless, The Ferrari driver did not let off the accelerator and managed to overtake the three-time world champion in the second round, with the help of the DRS.

Verstappen tried to keep up with the Ferrari, but his car began to smoke from the rear. Kilometers later, The smoke was more evident, you could even see fire and Max Verstappen abandoned the Australian Grand Prix.

Fire and high temperatures Parts of the rear axle of Verstappen’s car melted. In a television interview, the world champion indicated that the problem was due to a failure in the right rear brake of his car. He indicated that the right brake stuck at the start of the Australian GP, ​​which caused smoke and fire. “It was like driving with the handbrake on,” he said. the pilot of the Austrian team.

Verstappen’s abandonment opened the possibility of ‘Checo’ Pérez leaving the GP with the lead of the Formula 1 drivers championship 2024 in the bag but the Mexican driver could not realize the possibility, since he finished the race in fifth place, far from the two Ferrari drivers and the McLaren drivers, who occupied the first four positions.

Contrary to what was expected, ‘Checo’ Pérez’s result today caused the Mexican to lose a place in the standings at the hands of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

This is the 2024 F1 drivers’ championship

Max Verstappen remains the leader of the drivers’ world championshipalthough he saw his advantage decrease over Charles Leclerc, who now occupies second position.

After three races of the longest season in Formula 1 history, The drivers’ championship is as follows:

  1. Max Verstappen – 51 points
  2. Charles Leclerc – 47
  3. Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez – 46
  4. Carlos Sainz – 40 points
  5. Oscar Piastri – 28 points
  6. Lando Norris – 27 points
  7. Fernando Alonso – 20 points
  8. George Russell – 18 points
  9. Lewis Hamilton – 8 points
  10. Lance Stroll – 7 points
  11. Oliver Bearman – 6 points
  12. Yuki Tsonoda – 4 points
  13. Nico Hülkenberg -3 points
  14. Kevin Magnussen – 1 point

The rest of the drivers have not yet managed to score points in the 2024 season.

How is the Formula 1 constructors’ championship going?

With the results of this Sunday at the Albert Park circuit, Ferrari closed the gap against Red Bull, only 4 units. Besides, Aston Martin took advantage of the double retirement of the Mercedes cars to capture fourth place.

  1. Red Bull – 97 points
  2. Ferrari – 93 points
  3. McLaren – 55 points
  4. Aston Martin – 27 points
  5. Mercedes – 26 points
  6. Racing Bulls – 4 points
  7. Haas – 4 points
  8. Williams – 0 points
  9. Kick Sauber – 0 points
  10. Alpine – 0 points.

When does ‘Checo’ Pérez return to the slopes?

Sergio Perez will return to a circuit in a couple of weeks to dispute the Japanese Grand Prix 2024.

The 2024 Formula 1 calendar indicates that the Japanese GP will be held from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7. Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to keep their battle close, especially if the Italian team manages to show rhythm and speed in the first sector of the Susuka circuit, where some corners are chained together.

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