Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both seeking career firsts at Australian Grand Prix

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MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc’s battle has been one of many key tales within the opening weeks of the 2022 season.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both seeking career firsts at Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc can declare career-firsts on the Australian Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc each have the chance to win a career-first Australian Grand Prix this weekend. The pair have loved a tense battle within the opening weeks of the season, incomes a win every. 

Ferrari star Leclerc surprisingly received in Bahrain within the season opener, with team-mate Carlos Sainz coming second to finish a profitable day for the workforce. Verstappen was pressured to retire because of a gas pump concern. 

However the Dutchman fared much better every week later, overcoming Leclerc in an exhilarating toe-to-toe battle in Saudi Arabia. It was Verstappen’s first Grand Prix win since he controversially raced previous Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi in December to win the 2021 world championship. 

Verstappen and Leclerc might win their second races of the season in Australia. In the event that they achieve this, it is going to be their first win at this Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both seeking career firsts at Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has by no means received the Australian Grand Prix regardless of his rise to stardom (Picture: GETTY)

In fact, that’s largely as a result of the occasion has not been staged for the final two years because of strict coronavirus restrictions within the nation. Valtteri Bottas was the final Australian Grand Prix champion in 2019 whereas nonetheless with Mercedes. 

Bottas’ former team-mate Lewis Hamilton has not received on the Albert Park circuit since 2015. The 37-year-old has endured a irritating begin to 2022 and appears unlikely to complete forward of Verstappen and Leclerc. 

There’s a good omen for Ferrari and Leclerc, although, because the workforce has the joint-most wins in Australia. They share the lead with 12 alongside McLaren. 

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both seeking career firsts at Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc received in Bahrain (Picture: GETTY)

Ferrari additionally received the 2 races previous to Bottas’ success in 2019. Former Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel, now with Aston Martin, received in 2017 and 2018. 

Verstappen got here third in 2019, behind Vettel and Hamilton. Leclerc completed fifth. The 12 months earlier than, Verstappen was sixth whereas Monacan Leclerc got here sixteenth in his first race in Australia.

Ferrari ambassador Marc Gene believes Leclerc can keep his battle with Verstappen – a rivalry that dates again to their karting days. “He was once very emotional and this 12 months he has modified quite a bit,” Gene not too long ago advised the F1 Nation Podcast of the 24-year-old.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both seeking career firsts at Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have the prospect to win in Australia this weekend (Picture: EXPRESS SPORT)

“Charles is sort of a 2.0 model of himself. Once I went to Barcelona for the personal testing, we spent lots of time collectively and he was fully modified in his mindset and his mentality, and you may see it.

“[In Bahrain] I used to be anticipating Charles to be extra over the moon after qualifying, after the pole, and the race, however he appeared a lot extra mature and conscious that this can be a very lengthy championship.”

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