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Verstappen beats Hamilton to Australian GP win after wild finish

Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Crimson Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme through the F1 Grand Prix of Australia.

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Max Verstappen held off Lewis Hamilton to say a maiden Australian Grand Prix victory after a chaotic race, which completed with a processional safety-car lap following a wild late restart.

Verstappen seemed to be cruising to a cushty win having reclaimed the lead after shedding out to George Russell and Hamilton throughout a frantic opening, however Kevin Magnussen’s crash and an ensuing second crimson flag of the race arrange a two-lap dash to the end from a standing begin.

The reigning world champion stayed in entrance of Hamilton off the road, earlier than a crash between third-placed Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz behind him set off a collection of different collisions, with Alpine team-mates Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon taking one another out from points-scoring positions.

A 3rd crimson flag adopted, together with additional confusion and controversy as there was a protracted wait earlier than the FIA determined to revive the order from earlier than the restart as a result of the automobiles had not made it far sufficient across the monitor earlier than for the brand new classification to be confirmed earlier than the crimson flag got here out.

That meant that Alonso returned to 3rd, however Sainz was left devastated as a five-second penalty for inflicting the collision noticed him relegated to twelfth, leaving Ferrari pointless after Charles Leclerc’s first-lap retirement.

Greater than two and a half hours after the race had begun, Verstappen was left to take the chequered flag unchallenged and full his second win in three races this season, whereas Hamilton secured his first podium of the marketing campaign.

Russell, who had given up the lead when pitting beneath Security Automotive circumstances – not anticipating the crimson flag that adopted – when Alex Albon crashed out on lap 6, retired on lap 18 after a technical failure.