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F1 NATION: What next for Sainz, Verstappen's DNF and Williams' driver call – It’s our Australian Grand Prix review

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No appendix, no problem. Carlos Sainz capitalised on Max Verstappen’s first DNF in two years to win the Australian Grand Prix in his first race back since having surgery for appendicitis, and the F1 Nation team are here to discuss how all the action unfolded during an eventful weekend in Melbourne.

In the paddock at the Albert Park Circuit, host Tom Clarkson is joined by 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and Australia’s Channel 10 Grand Prix broadcast team – Scott MacKinnon, Richard Craill, Sam Power and Tim McDonald – to discuss how Sainz made such a remarkable comeback and whether he now has the edge on Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc.

READ MORE: 5 Winners and 5 Losers from Australia – Who left Melbourne on a high?

Lando Norris claimed McLaren’s first podium of 2024, but could he have pipped Leclerc to P2? Is Daniel Ricciardo stuck in a rut after being outperformed by Yuki Tsunoda for the third weekend in a row? And were Williams right or wrong to give Logan Sargeant’s car to Alex Albon after the latter crashed his in practice?

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As well as the top three, you’ll hear reaction from Max Verstappen and RB Team Principal, Laurent Mekies. Plus, the team discuss a double points finish for Haas and the dramatic crash for George Russell that saw Fernando Alonso demoted to P8 with a 20-second penalty.

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READ MORE: ‘He deserves it’ – Leclerc praises team mate Sainz as he admits needing to do ‘a better job’

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