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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, leads George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14, Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, and the rest of the field at the start
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Formula 1 Australian GP
Opinion

Should the Australian GP have been restarted after Magnussen's crash?

Opinions are split at Autosport over the wisdom of staging a third standing start so late in the Australian Grand Prix. So here we present the arguments for and against the events that played out after Kevin Magnussen’s crash created late-race drama and controversy at Albert Park

YES - Alex Kalinauckas

When Max Verstappen blew past Lewis Hamilton like a jet plane taking off while a cancelled rival sits idle, the Australian Grand Prix was over as a contest. Even on a track where Red Bull struggles with tyres as much as the rest and had braking problems last weekend, there was no hope of any further action in the battle for the win. And it had looked so good for the neutral early on!

But when Verstappen’s advantage was removed at a stroke by the second red flag, suddenly there was a Hamilton with no 2023 title aspirations to consider when mulling a lunge into Turn 1. Throw in the relentlessly brilliant Fernando Alonso behind, and that’s a potent mix. A trio of champion combustion. So much better than a safety car conclusion or a result declared early.

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