You need to know that about the Australian Grand Prix

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You need to know that about the Australian Grand Prix

A logo of the Grand Prix stands at Albert Park Circuit.

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Will the duel between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen go into the next round? Can Mercedes really attack again? There are many unanswered questions about the Formula 1 return to Australia.

Melbourne. The season in Formula 1 is finally beginning for Sebastian Vettel too. The former world champion is ready for action again after his compulsory Corona break and can take part in the race on April 10 (7:00 a.m. CEST / Sky) in Melbourne, Australia.

The last time the city was driven was in 2019, since then Corona has prevented two Grand Prix events from being held. However, the favorites for victory are different than before the pandemic three years ago.

Is there the next duel between Verstappen and Leclerc?

It can be assumed. World champion Max Verstappen recently won in Jeddah in a thrilling fight against Charles Leclerc, who in turn triumphed in the Bahrain desert after the Dutchman failed. Ferrari driver Leclerc (45 points) leads the world championship standings ahead of his Spanish stable rival Carlos Sainz (33) and Verstappen in the Red Bull (25). Nobody seems to be able to compete with the two leading teams over a race distance at the moment. “I hope we can have a relaxing weekend as a team,” said Verstappen, who is looking forward to the converted track: “There should be more opportunities to overtake. That’s positive.”

What’s in it for Sebastian Vettel in the first race of the season?

Ahead of his late start to the season, he feels like he’s “late for school,” the four-time champion said in a statement from his Aston Martin team. The 34-year-old Hesse had missed the first two races of the season due to an infection with the corona virus. Without Vettel, the team has had nothing to do with awarding championship points. Teammate Lance Stroll and substitute Nico Hulkenberg missed the top ten. The English carmaker is currently at the bottom of the field with Williams. “I’m looking forward to getting started again,” Vettel said anyway. However, a quick, sustainable improvement is not in sight.

How did Mick Schumacher survive his serious accident?

The 23-year-old landed in Australia fit and in a good mood. After a visit to the zoo in memory of the legendary “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, all concentration is on the Grand Prix. His violent qualifying accident, as a result of which Schumacher missed the race in Saudi Arabia, has been worked up and the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher is fit again. Schumacher had hit the track barrier violently, and the waiver of the start was also a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, teammate Kevin Magnussen scored two world championship points in the Haas racing car. Schumacher finally wants to do that. It would be the first points for him ever.

Can Lewis Hamilton report back at the front?

Melbourne has never been the favorite track of the seven-time world champion – the Briton has only had two wins so far. Before launch, little suggests a third will follow. Mercedes is still too far from the top and not in the form that has seen them win the Constructors’ Championship for the past eight years. Hamilton sees a lot of work still to be done for his team, the 37-year-old was only tenth in Saudi Arabia and was unable to defend himself against the Haas racing cars on the track. In Australia there could be the first technical improvements to the Silver Arrow. It remains to be seen to what extent these will be enough to attack properly again.

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