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2023 Australia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The big picture was totally lost on this weekend.

EVENT: Can't rave enough about it. Except for those idiot fans who invaded the track and put the whole event in jeopardy.

TRACK: There was some really fun racing produced by the track.

QUALIFYING: Verstappen worked through his battery and downshift issues, Mercedes finds speed somewhere, Sainz surprises Aston Martin, Albon in a Williams most impresses with eighth and a purple sector, Gasly and Hulkenberg make it to Q3, and Perez gets beached.

RACE: It certainly was entertaining. Whether it was sporting is another matter.

START: Verstappen gets swallowed up, it's like the old days as Mercedes ends up 1-2, Stroll has nowhere to go as Leclerc ends up in the gravel, in a thrilling partial first lap.

RESTART: Hamilton keeps the lead, Verstappen gets aggressive to keep Alonso behind him, Russell jumps a spot, and De Vries takes a flier.

RE-RESTART: This time Verstappen moves over to block Hamilton and behind them ... CHAOS! But then, what did the FIA expect having the field do a standing start with two laps to go? Of course every driver was going to lose their mind.

VERSTAPPEN: Lost in all the craziness was how once again Max was dominant, having no problem retaking the lead and running away.

PEREZ: Excellent comeback drive, aided by the safety cars and red flags.

RED BULL: Suffered from front tire lockup syndrome.

HAMILTON: Lewis looked strong, but obviously not strong enough.

RUSSELL: First screwed by the FIA. Then, screwed by his engine.

MERCEDES: Wouldn't it be a kicker if their major updates (changes?) have them going backwards?

ALONSO: Should we just put a permanent plaque with Fernando's name on the third step of the podium?

STROLL: A solid drive which Lance needed.

NORRIS: Helped a bit by the final start, but Lando still earned a solid finish.

PIASTRI: What was Oscar thinking when an Alpine passed him? Just wondering...

MCLAREN: It's not like they rounded a corner, but hopefully something to build on.

HULKENBERG: Another great performance for Nico. Amazing he has such a good handle on a car he never drove, while his Haas experienced teammate doesn't.

MAGNUSSEN: Did the car break or did Kevin just screw up?

SAINZ: That was harsh by the Stewards.

LECLERC: Charles should have known to leave room during any standing start which is always hectic.

GASLY: Terrible decision to move all the way over when Pierre should have known he was slower than the rest of the field after going off and back on to make that move.

OCON: To be a fly on the wall during Esteban's debrief...

ALPINE: A great, huge points scoring haul spoiled by ... oh dear, good luck dealing with that.

SARGEANT: A great debut followed by two mistake riddled weekends.

FIA: Where do we begin? A red flag for gravel? A red flag for debris? The constant irritating red flag rule which allows work on the cars which essentially completely screws the race up, especially if you're going to start throwing red flags willy-nilly? The inability to make quick decisions? The total lack of interest investigating two massive crashes on the third start but the quick decision to penalize someone for a tap? When fans are pining for the return of Michael Masi -- the architect of the worse race decision in F1 history -- that should be telling you something. But the FIA is so deaf, dumb, and blind, it has no clue a message is even being sent.

F2: Is Ayumu Iwasa making a claim to Yuki Tsunoda's F1 seat? He took the feature win to move into the points lead. Norwegian Dennis Hauger won the sprint.

F3: After the sprint race, the entire MP Motorsport team was disqualified on a technical infraction, taking the win from Franco Colapinto and handing it to Brit Zak O'Sullivan. Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto won his second straight feature race in an incident and safety car filled weekend for F3.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Befuddled.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 11 -- The number of world championships represented by the three drivers on the podium.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Remember the days of old when a red flag would cause the race to be run in two parts with the results based on aggregate time? Well, we don't want to go back to that rule, but...

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From @ScrewderiaF1: Getting 5 second penalty for a lap that doesn’t exist is the most Carlos Sainz thing I’ve seen in a while.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Alonso when notified about the second red flag, "What?!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Verstappen perfectly summarizes the hypocrisy, "I just didn't understand why we needed a red flag. I think if you would have had a safety car and then just had a normal rolling start we wouldn't have had all these shunts. So they created the problems themselves at the end of the day."

SCHEDULE: A summer break in the Spring thanks to the cancellation of China. Then, we head to Baku. And you thought Australia was insane.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 58
2. Hamilton 58
3. Alonso 58
4. Stroll 58
5. Perez 58
6. Norris 58
7. Hulkenberg 58
8. Piastri(R) 58
9. Zhou 58
10. Tsunoda 58
11. Bottas 58
12. Sainz 58
13. Gasly 56
14. Ocon 56
15. De Vries(R) 56
16. Sargeant(R) 56
17. Magnussen 52
NC Russell 17
NC Albon 6
NC Leclerc 0

Time of Race
2:32:38.371

Margin of Victory
0.179 secs.

Safety Car
4 for 11 laps

Virtual Safety Car
1 for 2 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, George Russell, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Sergio Perez

Pole Position
Max Verstappen

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 69
2. Perez 54
3. Alonso 45
4. Hamilton 38
5. Sainz 20
  Stroll 20
7. Russell 18
8. Norris 8
9. Hulkenberg 6
  Leclerc 6
11. Bottas 4
  Ocon 4
  Piastri(R) 4
  Gasly 4
15. Zhou 2
16. Tsunoda 1
  Magnussen 1
  Albon 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 123
2. Aston Martin 65
3. Mercedes 56
4. Ferrari 26
5. McLaren 12
6. Alpine 8
7. Haas 7
8. Alfa Romeo 6
9. AlphaTauri 1
  Williams 1
 
 

2023 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Azerbaijan
Miami Emilia Romagna Monaco Spain
Canada Austria Great Britain Hungary
Belgium Holland Italy Singapore
Japan Qatar United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Las Vegas Abu Dhabi

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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