Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix 2024 Standings

Formula 1 STC Melbourne Grand Prix 2024 Standings

It was a pulsating round of racing in Australia. 

Not only did we see Max Verstappen’s seemingly relentless momentum halted, but we also saw Carlos Sainz’s miracle return to the podium just two weeks after a short stay in a hospital bed after he required surgery for appendicitis. 

The standings are more delicately poised than they were two weeks ago, when there were fears of a non-competitive campaign due to the strength of Red Bull in the first few months of the season. 

Event Recap – From Practice Sessions to Race Day

The warning signs for Verstappen were there from the start after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was 0.381 seconds faster than him in practice. There were also worrying signs with the car. It suffered a damaged floor in an off-track incident in the build-up to practice, which meant Verstappen turned up to the session 20 minutes late. 

It was also a practice that spread alarm through Mercedes’ ranks – in the aftermath, driver Lewis Hamilton reflected on one of “the worst sessions I’ve had for a long time.” 

The car was the 18th-fastest in practice and team principal Toto Wolff said it was “not a good day”. 

Race Classification and Podium Finishers

It finished a lightning-fast Ferrari one-two for Sainz and Leclerc after Verstappen’s car suffered a break failure with only four laps gone. 

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri secured a McLaren three-four, while it was another disastrous run for Mercedes – Hamilton retiring after 16 laps to confirm their status as this season’s strugglers.

Driver Standings After the GP

Here’s how the current standings look :

  • 1st: Max Verstappen – 51 points
  • 2nd: Charles Leclerc – 47 points
  • 3rd: S Perez – 46 points
  • 4th: C Sainz Jr. – 40 points
  • 5th: O Piastri – 28 points
  • 6th: L Norris – 27 points
  • 7th: G Russell – 18 points
  • 8th: F Alonso – 16 points
  • 9th: L Stroll – 9 points
  • 10th L Hamilton – 8 points 

Team Standings After the GP

And here’s how the constructors are faring:

1st: Red Bull – 97 points

2nd: Ferrari – 93 points

3rd: McLaren – 55 points

4th: Mercedes – 26 points

5th: Aston Martin – 25 points

6th: RB Formula One Team – 6 points

7th: Haas – 4 points 

8th: Williams – 0 points

9th: Kick Sauber – 0 points

10th: Alpine – 0 points 

Notable Performances

The British-Belgian talent Lando Norris put in another impressive showing for McLaren to race into third, although his search for an inaugural podium-topping finish goes on. It means Norris has now made the podium a total of 14 times without winning a race – a record in F1. 

His performances alongside Oscar Piastri have garnered a lot of attention from F1 observers, with many believing it to be the best pairing of all the teams this season. 

Both were impressive on Sunday, making the most of the high-speed corners, which suits the new McLaren model that appears to a significant upgrade on last year’s car. 

It will be fascinating to see how both perfrom in the upcoming weeks and months. 

Performance Analysis – Aston Martin

Despite struggling for pace throughout the race in Melbourne, there was a double points finish for Aston Martin, with Lance Stroll (6th – 8 points) and Fernando Alonso (8th – 4 points) overcoming car issues to finish strongly. 

Implications for the Championship

It was just the shot in the arm the F1 season needed this year and allayed concerns that the season would be a walk in the park for Red Bull. 

It was their first retirement in two years, underlining their relentless consistency over the previous few years, but the outcome of the Melbourne race puts a cat among the pigeons. 

With two drivers in the top four of the rankings, can Ferrari push on?

Looking Ahead

Next up is the Japanese Grand Prix, a race that Max Verstappen won by 19 seconds last year. Will we see another triumph for the Red Bull phenom? Or can Ferarri and Leclerc and use the win in Australia to turbo-charge their season?

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