The Oracle Red Bull Racing team had a disappointing Australian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen retired in Melbourne . Charles Leclerc was a size too big for the competition in his Ferrari all weekend.
Despite this, Verstappen seemed to be on his way to second for a long time until he encountered technical difficulties on lap 39 and had to park the RB18 next to the track. Due to Max’s bad luck, teammate Sergio Perez moved up a spot and the Mexican eventually managed to finish second.
Team principal Christian Horner reflects on the race in Melbourne: “Checo drove an excellent race today with some nice overtaking moves to secure his first podium of the season and a good number of championship points. But, it was mostly a day with mixed feelings where Max didn’t finish. We think it was an external fuel leak and we need to understand exactly what caused that failure, so it was a very frustrating race in that regard. But, we’re in this as a team and we’ll fight back. We didn’t have the pace of Ferrari today, so congratulations to Charles. We still have a long season ahead of us and we have a fast and competitive car basically, but we need to solve these problems quickly and we will keep pushing.”