The Australian Grand Prix was also this season, just as in previous years, at the start of the season. The Grand Prix on the calendar has scored a lot of criticism for F1. Andrew Westacott, CEO of Melbourne GP, disagrees with the drivers.
The Australian Grand Prix has been at the start of the season for years. Sometimes it would alternate with Malaysia or Bahrain, but mostly the race at Albert Park was the first race of the season. Now, however, with two weeks into the previous race, the drivers have to travel all the way to Australia. This while there are also races in Asia (Singapore and Japan) later in the season. Several drivers, including George Russell and Sergio Perez, have indicated their desire to travel to Melbourne, but setting the calendar is now very difficult.
Westacott responds to drivers’ criticism
Westacott disagrees with the drivers’ criticism of the Australian Grand Prix’s place on the calendar. He claims that drivers should not complain and, above all, enjoy a successful event. That’s what he says Reuters† “We’ve proven we can be successful both at the start of the season and after a few races. F1 time in Australia early in the season. The drivers need to stop whining in some ways.”
The Australian Grand Prix was held last weekend and it turned out to be the prey of Charles Leclerc. Verstappen left and saw his P2 go up in smoke, just like in Bahrain. Sergio Perez rose to P2, while George Russell also took advantage and finished third. Verstappen’s gap with Leclerc is now at 46 thanks to the race in Melbourne. A huge gap that the Dutchman will have to fill in the next 20 races.
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