2024 Australian Grand Prix Highlights: Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin

2024 Australian Grand Prix highlights
2024 Australian Grand Prix highlights | Ferrari

What happened at the Australian Grand Prix 2024? In short, a lot!

The 2024 Australian Grand Prix saw Carlos Sainz of Ferrari clinch victory, marking a significant achievement just two weeks after undergoing appendicitis surgery. Sainz’s win was achieved under dramatic circumstances, including a final-lap crash by Mercedes driver George Russell, which brought out a virtual safety car. Lando Norris secured a third-place finish for McLaren, preventing teammate Oscar Piastri from earning a podium finish in his home country.

Thus, the podium saw Sainz in first place, followed by Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris. This race reshaped the F1 World Championship standings and showcased the competitive dynamics between teams and drivers early in the season. Race highlights of Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin are below.

2024 Australian Grand Prix winner
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz took victory at the Australian Grand Prix. | Ferrari

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2024 Australian Grand Prix Results

  1. Ferrari – C. Sainz Jr.
  2. Ferrari – C. Leclerc
  3. McLaren – L. Norris
  4. McLaren – O. Piastri
  5. Red Bull – S. Pérez
  6. Aston Martin – F. Alonso
  7. Aston Martin – L. Stroll
  8. RB Formula One Team – Y. Tsunoda
  9. Haas – N. Hülkenberg
  10. Haas – K. Magnussen
  11. Wiliams – A. Albon
  12. RB Formula One Team – D. Ricciardo
  13. Alpine – P. Gasly
  14. Kick Sauber – V. Bottas
  15. Kick Sauber – G.Y. Zhou
  16. Alpine – E. Con
  17. Mercedes – G. Russell
  18. Mercedes – L. Hamilton
  19. Red Bull – M. Verstappen

Related: 2024 F1 Season

2024 Australian Grand Prix team highlights

2024 Australian Grand Prix results
Australian GP Ferrari highlights. | Ferrari

Ferrari F1

At the Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park, Ferrari showcased strategic excellence in a race that played out under mixed conditions, with the air temperature at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius, while the track sizzled at 40 degrees. Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc started on Medium tires, securing second and fourth positions right from the off.

The race’s dynamic shifted on lap 2 when Carlos Sainz took the lead after Max Verstappen retired due to a technical issue. Charles Leclerc advanced to third, keeping Ferrari in a strong position. The strategic battle intensified with pit stops; Charles switched to Hard tires on lap 9 in a rapid 2.2-second stop. 

2024 Australian Grand Prix news
Sainz placed P1 and Lerlerc placed P2. | Ferrari

As Lando Norris and Sergio Perez pitted, and with Lewis Hamilton’s retirement due to a power unit issue on lap 17 triggering a Virtual Safety Car, the strategic landscape of the race shifted. Both Ferrari drivers executed timely pit stops, with Carlos pitting for Hards on lap 16 and Charles making a strategic second stop on lap 35, rejoining the race in fourth place with new Hards, ahead of Perez and Alonso.

The climax of the race was marked by a dramatic last-lap crash involving George Russell, causing the race to end under a Virtual Safety Car. This incident sealed Ferrari’s 86th one-two finish, with Carlos Sainz celebrating his third Formula 1 victory. The race was a testament to Ferrari’s strategic planning and execution, culminating in a memorable finish under challenging conditions.

What happened at the Australian Grand Prix 2024?
The Australian Grand Prix victory sealed Ferrari’s 86th one-two finish. | Ferrari

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McLaren F1

McLaren showcased a strong performance at the 2024 Australian Grand Prix with Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri maintaining their P3 and P5 positions as the race started. The early retirement of Max Verstappen from second place due to mechanical issues promoted Lando to second and Oscar to third, setting a positive trajectory for the team. Oscar’s strategy to switch to Hard tires on Lap 9, followed by Lando’s similar tire change on lap 14, put him in fourth behind Oscar.

As the race progressed, tire management became crucial. Oscar started to struggle with tire wear, which led to a strategic swap of positions with Lando, demonstrating the team’s dynamic strategy and teamwork. Oscar’s second pit stop on Lap 39 for another set of Hards saw him rejoining behind Alonso in fifth, while Lando’s stop a lap later positioned him to challenge for a podium finish.

Australian Grand Prix McLaren results
Norris clinched third place and Piastri took fourth. | McLaren

Lando’s persistence paid off as he clinched third place at the race’s conclusion, marking McLaren’s first podium of the season and their best finish in Australia in a decade. Meanwhile, Oscar’s consistent performance allowed him to secure fourth place, his best finish in Australia thus far.

More about the: 2024 Formula 1 Teams

Aston Martin F1

Aston Martin achieved an impressive second double points finish of the season, showcasing their strategic prowess and adaptability. Lance Stroll secured a commendable seventh place, leveraging a strategy that saw him start on the Medium tires before switching to two sets of Hards. Fernando Alonso, employing a varied approach, started on the Hard tires, then moved to the Mediums, and finally back to Hards, ultimately securing P6.

Formula 1 news
Aston Martin placed P6 (Alonso ) and P7 (Stroll). | Aston Martin

A critical moment for Alonso came during a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period, initiated by Lewis Hamilton’s retirement. This allowed Alonso to pit and gain significant time and track position in a race where every second counts.

However, the race wasn’t without its controversies. Alonso, initially crossing the line in sixth, was involved in an incident with George Russell, leading to a post-race drive-through penalty for the Spaniard. This penalty, converted to an added 20 seconds to his race time, ultimately demoted him to eighth place in the final standings. Despite the setback, the result underscored Aston Martin’s strategic acumen and their drivers’ ability to capitalize on race dynamics, marking another successful weekend with both drivers finishing in the points.

Which driver won the Australian Grand Prix in 2024?
Find out what’s next on the Formula 1 calendar. | Aston Martin

What’s next? 2024 Formula 1 Schedule

DateGrand PrixVenue
April 5-7JapanSuzuka
April 19-21ChinaShanghai
May 3-5MiamiMiami
May 17-19Emilia RomagnaImola
May 24-26MonacoMonaco
June 7-9CanadaMontreal
June 21-23SpainBarcelona
June 28-30AustriaSpielberg
July 5-7United KingdomSilverstone
July 19-21HungaryBudapest
July 26-28BelgiumSpa
August 23-25NetherlandsZandvoort
August 30 – September 1ItalyMonza
September 13-15AzerbaijanBaku
September 20-22SingaporeSingapure
October 18-20USAAustin
October 25-27MexicoMéxico City
November 1-3BrazilSao Paulo
November 21-23Las VegasLas Vegas
November 29 – December 1QatarLusail
December 6-8Abu DhabiYas Marina

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