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Australian F1 Grand Prix live: Red Bull stunt could help end Australian curse

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Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the Australian F1 Grand Prix from Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Max Verstappen will start from pole position as he looks to win his third race of the season and continue his quest for four consecutive world titles.

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Oscar Piastri aims to break Australia’s podium curse, while Daniel Ricciardo will have his work cut out for him at the back of the grid.

The race will start at 3:00 p.m. AEDT. Follow below for live updates.

12:55 p.m. – Red Bull cop shot

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez qualified third, but will start from sixth on the grid after receiving a three-place penalty for impeding Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg during the race. qualification SATURDAY.

So what was supposed to be a Red Bull sandwich around Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz is now a mixed bag at the front of the grid.

Lando Norris will now start third ahead of Charles Leclerc, Oscar Piastri and Perez.

Zhou Guanyu will start from the pit lane today after Sauber changed the front wing and nose.

Red Bull changed the engine and some other powertrain parts of Daniel Ricciardo’s car for the race.

12:30 p.m. – Piastri wants to break the Australian podium curse

No Australian has ever stood on the podium at their domestic Grand Prix since the race became a championship event in 1985.

Daniel Ricciardo finished second in 2014, but was later disqualified due to a technical fuel issue.

Piastri is Australia’s best chance to end this drought, as she starts fifth on the grid.

It was a disastrous qualifying session for Ricciardowho did not exit Q1 after his lap time was deleted for exceeding track limits.

Australian Grand Prix starting grid

1st row: Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz

2nd row: Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc

3rd row: Oscar Piastri, Sergio Pérez

4th row: George Russell, Yuki Tsunoda

5th row: Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso

6th row: Lewis Hamilton, Alex Albon

7th row: Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen

8th row: Esteban Ocon, Nico Hülkenberg

9th row: Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo

Pit lane: Zhou Guanyu

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