It was the third race of the 2022 season and a second victory for the Monégasque driver following his opening Grand Prix victory in Bahrain last month.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who won the previous race in Saudi Arabia, came home in second with reigning world champion Max Verstappen having to retire due to a technical failure.
Here are the full results from the 2022 Australian Grand Prix and how they have affected the World Championship standings:
Leclerc dominates in Melbourne as Verstappen retires
Charles Leclerc won pole position with by the biggest margin of the season so far and faced competition early in the race from Max Verstappen.
Two safety cars slowed down the action before the world champion was forced to withdraw and Leclerc was able to cruise to a fairly routine first place finish more than 20 seconds ahead of Sergio Perez.
The full results from Melbourne was:
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +20.524s
- George Russell (Mercedes) +25.593s
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +28.543s
- Lando Norris (McLaren) +53.303s
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) +53.737s
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine) +61.683s
- Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) +68.439s
- Pierre Gasly (Tauri) +76.221s
- Alexander Albon (Williams) +79.382s
- Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) +81.695s
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) +88.598s
- Mick Schumacher (Haas) +1 Lap
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) +1 Lap
- Yuki Tsunoda (Tauri) +1 Lap
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams) +1 Lap
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +1 Lap
DNF: Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
F1 World Championship leader board after Leclerc’s Australian grand Prix win
The 24-year old picks up another 26 points for a second first place finish of the season to secure his position at the top of the leader board.
Meanwhile, George Russell’s podium finish is enough for the Brit to move second while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz drops to third after his retirement.
Sergio Perez is fourth, Lewis Hamilton fifth and Max Verstappen sixth.
Here is how the top ten of the leaderboard looks after the third Grand Prix of the season:
- Charles Leclerc - 71 points
- George Russell - 37 points
- Carlos Sainz - 33 points
- Sergio Perez - 30 points
- Lewis Hamilton - 28 points
- Max Verstappen - 25 points
- Esteban Ocon - 20 points
- Lando Norris - 16 points
- Kevin Magnussen - 12 points
- Valtteri Bottas - 12 points
After week three, the Constructor Championship leader board looks like this:
- Ferrari - 104 points
- Mercedes - 65 points
- Red Bull - 55 points
- McLaren - 24 points
- Alpine- 22 points
- Alfa Romeo - 13 points
- Haas - 12 points
- Alpha Tauri - 10 points
- Williams - 1 point
- Aston Martin - 0 points
When is the next Grand Prix?
Ferrari will be delighted to take such a commanding position into their home race with the next meeting being the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from Italy’s Imola Circuit.
The race is scheduled to take place later this month on April 24.