The two-time Dutch world champion max verstappenof Red Bullachieved this Saturday in Melbourne his second pole position of the season, in Formula 1 Australian Grand Prixwhile his Mexican partner, Sergio Perezwill start in last position.
For this third test of Formula 1 World Cupthe Dutchman will come out ahead of the British George Russell and Lewis HamiltonBoth of Mercedessatisfied after a successful third qualifying session.
Verstappen only overtook Russell by 236 thousandths, a smaller difference than expected, perhaps due to slightly chilly qualifying conditions.
The Spanish Fernando Alonsofrom Aston Martin, and Carlos Sainz, from Ferrari, achieved fourth and fifth position. and the mexican Sergio Perez he left the track in the first part of qualifying, a symbol of a catastrophic start to the weekend for the man who had achieved pole position and victory in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix two weeks before.
During free practice on Saturday, he had already gone off the track several times due to braking problems, which also prevented him from achieving a better position afterwards. “It’s always the same problem,” lamented the Mexican.
Verstappenwhich only leads him on one point, could take advantage of the situation to consolidate in Melbourne his leadership in the World Cup.
The Dutchman has never won this race and only managed one podium finish in 2019 (3rd). Last year he dropped out after the engine in his car caught fire. In Melbourne He achieved the 22nd ‘pole’ of his career, equaling the Spanish Fernando Alonso, 16 years older than him. He is now approaching the Brazilian Nelson Piquet and to the Austrian Niki Laudawho have achieved 24.
The Dutchman, winner of the first GP of the season in Bahrain, however said he was not in top form. In Jeddah, he suffered from stomach pains before and during the race, which did not prevent him from finishing second, after a fantastic comeback after starting fifteenth.
Yeah perez does not imitate Sunday, the third grand prix of the season could allow another team to finally break Red Bull’s total dominance since the start of the season.
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