FACTS AND STATS: Ferrari make it 10 wins in Melbourne as Mercedes end 62-race scoring streak

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Race winner Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari celebrates in parc

There was drama all the way in Australia on Sunday as Carlos Sainz returned Ferrari to winning ways, with team mate Charles Leclerc following him home for the Scuderia’s first Albert Park one-two in 20 years. McLaren’s Lando Norris was also up there – giving him more podiums without a win than any driver in F1 history. Here’s a round-up of more fascinating facts generated in Melbourne…

• The only previous Ferrari one-two in this decade was the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix where Leclerc won from Sainz.

• Ferrari have only scored four previous one-two finishes in the last 14 years.

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• Sainz and Max Verstappen continue to be the only race winners in the last 11 months.

• Today was Sainz’s third career win and his first when not starting from pole position.

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• Sainz’s victory was Ferrari’s 10th at Albert Park – they were already the most successful team at this track.

• Sainz is thought to be the first driver to win on a return from an injury/medical absence since Gerhard Berger at the 1997 German Grand Prix.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren MCL38

Lando Norris secured McLaren's first Melbourne podium in a decade

• With P2 today, Leclerc equalled his personal best point-scoring streak of 12 consecutive races.

• Leclerc has now finished on the podium in five of his last six race starts.

• Today marked Ferrari's first one-two in Melbourne for exactly 20 years – Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello did it in 2004.

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• Every year that a team has finished one-two in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, that team has gone on to win both championships (the last time was Mercedes in 2019).

• If Ferrari had swapped their drivers around, Leclerc would have been leading the world championship tonight (both he and Ferrari are four points off the lead in both championships).

• Lando Norris’s P3 was McLaren's first podium in Melbourne for 10 years (Kevin Magnussen finished P2, with Jenson Button P3 in 2014).

• Norris now has 14 career podiums, surpassing Nick Heidfeld’s record for the most podium finishes without ever winning.

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• Oscar Piastri’s P4 in the sister McLaren tied the best-ever result for an Australian in a home Grand Prix (Mark Webber was fourth in 2012, and Daniel Ricciardo took P4 in 2016 and 2018).

• The last Ferrari/McLaren one-two-three-four result was Belgium 2007, with Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa one-two, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton three-four.

• Sergio Perez’s P5 for Red Bull matched his result here last year.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Haas F1 greets fans on the

On a roll - Nico Hulkenberg has scored in the last two races for Haas

• Fernando Alonso took P6 for Aston Martin and has scored in every race this year.

• With team mate Lance Stroll in P7, Aston Martin cars finished together for the second consecutive year in Melbourne.

• With P8 for RB, Yuki Tsunoda tied his best finish of 2023.

• With neither George Russell nor Lewis Hamilton finishing, Mercedes ended a 62-race scoring streak (which tied their previous-best scoring streak in Formula 1).

• Mercedes' last failure to score points was Azerbaijan 2021.

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• Nico Hulkenberg was P9 for Haas and has now scored in his last four Australian Grand Prix appearances.

• Hulkenberg has now scored in back-to-back races after 20 races without a Grand Prix point.

• With team mate Kevin Magnussen in P10, both Haas cars scored for the first time since Austria 2022 (Mick Schumacher P6, Magnussen P8).

• Williams Alex Albon took P11 and missed out on a point by 0.928s.

• Daniel Ricciardo finished his home race in P12 for RB, his best result of 2024.

• Max Verstappen’s retirement ended a nine-race winning streak and a 43-race finishing streak for the world champion, whose last retirement was Australia 2022.

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• Verstappen and Hamilton failed to finish in the same race for only the second time - the only other occurrence was Monza 2021, when they collided.



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