Who won the Australian Grand Prix? Full results from Melbourne as Charles Leclerc and Ferrari triumph again

It was another victory for the Italian constructors where Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton failed to make podium and reigning champion Max Verstappen retired.

Charles Leclerc has moved into a commanding position in the Formula One World Championship standings after a dominant victory for the Ferrari driver at the Australian Grand Prix.

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.

Great Britian’s George Russell came home in third while his Mercedes’ teammate Lewis Hamilton failed to make the podium after finishing fourth.

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

It was a second win of the season for Charles Leclerc and Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne It was a second win of the season for Charles Leclerc and Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
It was a second win of the season for Charles Leclerc and Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne

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:

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +20.524s
  3. George Russell (Mercedes) +25.593s
  4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +28.543s
  5. Lando Norris (McLaren) +53.303s
  6. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) +53.737s
  7. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) +61.683s
  8. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) +68.439s
  9. Pierre Gasly (Tauri) +76.221s
  10. Alexander Albon (Williams) +79.382s
  11. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) +81.695s
  12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) +88.598s
  13. Mick Schumacher (Haas) +1 Lap
  14. Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) +1 Lap
  15. Yuki Tsunoda (Tauri) +1 Lap
  16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) +1 Lap
  17. 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:

  1. Charles Leclerc - 71 points
  2. George Russell - 37 points
  3. Carlos Sainz - 33 points
  4. Sergio Perez - 30 points
  5. Lewis Hamilton - 28 points
  6. Max Verstappen - 25 points
  7. Esteban Ocon - 20 points
  8. Lando Norris - 16 points
  9. Kevin Magnussen - 12 points
  10. Valtteri Bottas - 12 points

After week three, the Constructor Championship leader board looks like this:

  1. Ferrari - 104 points
  2. Mercedes - 65 points
  3. Red Bull - 55 points
  4. McLaren - 24 points
  5. Alpine- 22 points
  6. Alfa Romeo - 13 points
  7. Haas - 12 points
  8. Alpha Tauri - 10 points
  9. Williams - 1 point
  10. 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.