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Australian Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz Wins, Max Verstappen Retires Early - In Pics

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz returned from surgery just 16 days ago to win the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday (March 24, 2024). Sainz took advantage of Verstappen’s first retirement in 43 races to claim just the third win of his career a fortnight after he was ruled out of the previous round in Saudi Arabia with appendicitis. Verstappen suffered a brake failure after just four laps of Sunday’s 58-lap race at Melbourne’s sun-cooked Albert Park to end his winning streak which stretched back to September’s Japanese Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc finished second to complete a Ferrari one-two with Lando Norris next up as the British driver landed his first podium of the year.

Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain poses with his trophy after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari team celebrate the race win of Carlos Sainz, front centre, of Spain and second placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco following the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain shows his trophy to his team following his win at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Race winner Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, second right, of Spain stands with second placed teammate Charles Leclerc of Monaco, left, Ferrari engineer Mateo Togninalli and third placed McLaren driver Lando Norris, right, of Britain on the podium at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain sprays champagne after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, left, of Spain takes a selfie with teammate Charles Leclerc of Monaco after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Scott Barbour

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain steers his car into pit lane as his teammates celebrates after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso of Spain follows Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia F1 GP Auto Racing Photo: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain leads Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia.

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