From Heart-Pumping Drama to Surprising Stats: Max Verstappen's First Australian Win Ties Him with Ayrton Senna's Podium Record, Unveiling Thrilling Insights from Down Under
Today’s Grand Prix was the first F1 race in history to feature three red flags.
The last race finished under the Safety Car was at Monza in Italy in 2022.
Verstappen had never previously won in Melbourne.
Red Bull's only previous Melbourne victory was in 2011 with Sebastian Vettel.
It’s the first time Red Bull has won the first three races of an F1 season.
Verstappen’s 80th career podium finish ties him with Ayrton Senna's total.
Verstappen and Hamilton have now finished one-two (in either order) 34 times, more than any other driver pairing in history.
Hamilton – second today – had not completed a lap in the top four in the opening two races of the year.
Hamilton made his first Mercedes start in Melbourne 10 years ago.
Fernando Alonso took a third consecutive podium finish for the first time since 2013.
The last time three world champions finished on the podium together was Hungary 2018 (Hamilton/Vettel/Raikkonen).
Today’s podium trio of Verstappen, Hamilton, and Alonso boast 11 world titles between them.
With Lance Stroll following teammate Alonso home, there were two Aston Martins in the top four for the first time in the marque's history.
With Lando Norris in P6 and teammate Oscar Piastri in P8, McLaren scored points for the first time in 2023.
Those were the first points of Piastri’s F1 career, and he scored them on home soil.
Nico Hulkenberg’s seventh place for Haas was the team’s best result since Austria last year.
Hulkenberg has finished seventh in five of his last six starts in Australia.
At Alfa Romeo, Zhou Guanyu in P9 scored his first points since Monza last year, the most recent race to finish behind the Safety Car before today.
In P10 for AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda scored after finishing one place outside the points at the previous three races.
Carlos Sainz crossed the line fourth but ended up in P12 after a five-second penalty for his collision with Alonso dropped him down the order.
Teammate Charles Leclerc went out on Lap 1 for the fifth time in his F1 career.
George Russell’s DNF was his first mechanical retirement as a Mercedes driver and only his second retirement from the team for any reason.
Williams’ Alex Albon ran in sixth place before his early accident. He only completed one lap in the top six in the entire 2022 season.