Max Verstappen, the reigning World Champion, retired on lap 38 in Melbourne. It is his second retirement in three races in 2022. Verstappen had to retire in the season opener in Bahrain Grand Prix while vying for the lead with Leclerc, but bounced back to win in Saudi Arabia last time out.
However, in Australian grand prix the Red Bull driver was forced to come to a halt on the side of the course due to smoke emanating from the power unit. Allowing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to win in Melbourne.
Max Verstappen – 46 points behind Charles Leclerc
After suffering his second DNF in three races at the Australian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen is not thinking about defending his World Championship.
“We’re already miles behind, so I don’t even want to think about the championship fight at the moment,”. Verstappen, currently 46 points behind early drivers championship leader Leclerc. “It’s more important to finish races”
“However, we failed to complete the race, which is extremely upsetting and unsatisfactory.” It was always going to be a case of trying to finish the race despite the fact that I knew there was a problem. But if you want to fight for the title, you can’t do things like that”.
Where as, Sergio Perez brought his Red Bull home in second place. His first podium finish since finishing third at his home Grand Prix in Mexico last year.
Christian Horner sympathized with Verstappen after Australian Grand Prix
Team principal Christian Horner, on the other hand, sympathized with Verstappen’s frustrations. He is confident that Red Bull will figure out what caused the retirement before the next race of Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in two weeks.
“His irritation is very understandable,” Horner agreed “Not finishing the race was a really disappointing result.”
“We don’t know what the issue is yet, but we don’t think it is an engine issue we think it actually might be fuel related. But we need to get the car back and look at what actually is happening” added Horner.
What’s Coming Up!
Next race of Formula 1 is set for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2022 commonly known as Imola and former home of the San Marino GP, on Sunday, April 24.