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.
Max Verstappen had too much tire wear during F1 Australian Grand Prix
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.”