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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, lead the field away at the start
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Formula 1 Australian GP
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How the Australian GP gave F1 a much needed tonic

OPINION: Formula 1 had been shrouded in various forms of controversy for almost six months when it arrived in Melbourne, but the party atmosphere and engaging yet inoffensive events at the Australian Grand Prix provided the series with middle of the road normality that had been missing for too long

The 2022 Australian Grand Prix is unlikely to be added to the Formula 1 pantheon of all-time great races. It wasn’t a thriller by any stretch, let alone arriving hot on the heels of the Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen DRS battles that played out in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. But the 58 laps at Albert Park remained on the right side of being a humdrum snooze fest.

Leclerc’s victory was a little conventional in so far as the fastest car and driver prevailed. The win was not decided by strategy hijinks, an ill-timed shunt nor relied heavily on an artificial overtaking aid. The contest was run of the mill. Anything better than what transpired last weekend can be classified as a good race. Anything considerably worse, a bad race. By occupying the middle ground, the three-day event at Albert Park was a palette cleanser.

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