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Australian Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, highlights, blog

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10th April, 2022
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After missing the Australian Grand Prix for the last two years, the time has come for Albert Park to see racing laps once again and in front of a record crowd. Join The Roar for live race updates and rolling coverage from 3pm (AEST).

In the time off the Formula One schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the iconic Melbourne race has seen changes to the track which should encourage more overtaking, as in the past this was non-existent.

The removal of the Turn 9 and 10 chicane has seen a high-speed run from Turn 8 all the way up alongside the lake, before the first of three DRS zones after Turn 10. Originally there was a fourth DRS zone, but that was removed ahead of third practice.

58-laps still comprise the revised Albert Park layout, with a wider pit-lane and increased speed limit to allow for more aggressive strategies to play out. A more abrasive bitumen as part of the resurfaced track, may see a two-stop strategy to be faster.

Points leaders in Ferrari come to Australia as favourites, with the hope of increasing their lead in both championships. Charles Leclerc leads teammate Carlos Sainz by 12-points, with Saudi Arabian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen behind by 20.

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The Scuderia certainly had the better of Red Bull in their long runs on Friday, as Verstappen was the chief complainant of balance issues right until the end of third practice.

Ferrari have had the better record in Melbourne since 2014, having won races in 2017 and 2018 with Sebastian Vettel. While Red Bull only have one podium finish in the turbo-hybrid era, coming back in 2019 for Verstappen.

Leclerc will start from pole ahead of Verstappen, setting up another chapter in their battle so far for the 2022 world championship. Red Bull
teammate Perez lines up third, putting the team in a good place strategically with Sainz down in ninth.

A variety of midfield cars headed up by Lando Norris will make an interesting fight for the remainder of the key positions. Positive news for fans of home favourite Daniel Ricciardo, qualifying in seventh and is yet to score points in 2022.

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Mercedes lock out the third row of the grid as they continue to struggle with their W13, with it seeming that top six placings is all that the reigning constructor’s champions can manage at present.

For live blog coverage of the first Australian Grand Prix in three years, be sure to tune in on The Roar from 2:50pm AEST, as we get set for should be a thriller down under.

Race Information
Lights out:
3pm (AEST)
Venue: Albert Park, Melbourne
TV: Fox Sports, Channel 10
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 10 Play

Grid
1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 4. Lando Norris (McLaren), 5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 6. George Russell (Mercedes), 7. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), 8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 9. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), 13. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), 14. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), 15. Mick Schumacher (Haas), 16. Alex Albon (Williams), 17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 18. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 19. Nicholas Latifi (Williams), 20. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

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