Off-track controversies accompany F1 to Australian Grand Prix

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Off-track controversies accompany F1 to Australian Grand Prix
Ben Sulayam (Credits: Paparazzi shots)

Controversies are causing a stir in Formula 1, even as the races continue as usual. The latest news involves the FIA’s president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who was cleared of any wrongdoing at two F1 events last year.

Meanwhile, Susie Wolff, director of the F1 Academy, has filed a criminal complaint against the FIA for statements made about her. This comes amidst ongoing controversies surrounding Red Bull Racing and its team principal Christian Horner.

At Red Bull Racing, a suspended team employee has appealed against the clearance of alleged misconduct by Horner. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown emphasized the need for transparency and independent investigations into these matters.

Meanwhile, there’s speculation about Max Verstappen potentially leaving Red Bull for Mercedes, although Verstappen has denied these rumors. Despite facing challenges during practice sessions, he remains a strong contender for the upcoming race.

Off-track controversies accompany F1 to Australian Grand Prix
Susie Wolff (Credits: Paparazzi shots)

Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, faced setbacks during practice, but his team remained optimistic about their chances. Another notable incident during practice involved Alex Albon crashing his car, leading to his withdrawal from the race.

Ferrari emerges as a close competitor to Red Bull, with Charles Leclerc aiming for a strong performance in the upcoming race. Carlos Sainz, recovering from surgery, also showed promising results during practice sessions.

McLaren anticipates a tough competition with Mercedes to secure the third-fastest team position. Oscar Piastri is seen as a potential podium finisher, with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo also aiming for a strong performance.

Despite the controversies, fans can expect an exciting race weekend, with qualifying scheduled for Saturday and the race set to take place in favorable weather conditions on Sunday.

Also read: McLaren’s Optimism in Melbourne: Progress & Performance


By Preksha Sharma

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