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Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia?



Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia F1 2023

With the Australian Grand Prix fast approaching, all eyes are on Red Bull and their star driver Max Verstappen. Despite their early-season dominance, Red Bull has only managed to win the race once, and Verstappen has achieved only one podium finish at the Albert Park circuit. Can they maintain their winning streak on a historically challenging track?

Red Bull has only managed to win the Australian Grand Prix once, and Max Verstappen has achieved only one podium finish at Albert Park. This raises concerns about whether the team and driver can maintain their early-season dominance on a historically weak track.

When asked about his inconsistent performance at the circuit, Verstappen acknowledged that his best result in Australia was third place in 2019 and his best qualifying as second in the previous year.

However, he brushed off any worries and attributed his previous results to the team’s slow start to the season.

Verstappen believes that if the race were held at a different time on the calendar, they would have had better results. Nevertheless, he recognizes the importance of achieving a good outcome at this event.

Verstappen’s first F1 appearance in Australia was in 2015 for Toro Rosso, where he was set to score points but suffered a Renault engine failure. The following year, he finished 10th but was disappointed with the outcome due to frustrations with his teammate and a spin that occurred after clipping the other Toro Rosso car.

In 2017, Verstappen returned to Australia as a Red Bull driver and had a strong showing. He qualified and finished in fifth place after pressuring Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, although he had to ease off due to brake concerns.


However, in 2018, Verstappen made a mistake in qualifying that cost him a front-row start. He then overdrove after falling behind Kevin Magnussen of Haas and overheated his rear tires, which led to damage on the floor of his car and a subsequent spin. He finished sixth, but it was a challenging weekend for the driver.

In 2019, Verstappen had a strong performance at the Australian Grand Prix, passing Sebastian Vettel to finish in third place. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event did not take place in the following two seasons, depriving Verstappen of a chance to win in his first title year in 2021. In the previous year, Verstappen was on course to finish second, but a fuel leak that was not his fault prevented him from doing so.

Verstappen’s lack of success at the Australian Grand Prix is largely due to circumstance, as Red Bull traditionally starts the season slower than it finishes it, and the team struggled with the Renault engine prior to switching to Honda propulsion in 2019, even when Verstappen’s former teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, was on the team.

However, it would be naive to assume that Verstappen cannot win the Australian GP this weekend, as reliability issues are likely the biggest obstacle he faces, given his impressive car.

Red Bull’s earlier years at Albert Park were a mixed bag. The team’s first appearance at the Australian Grand Prix was in 2005, and they finished in 11th and 12th positions. In 2006, the team improved, with David Coulthard finishing in fifth place and Christian Klien in seventh.

In 2007, Red Bull achieved its best-ever result at the Australian Grand Prix, with Coulthard and Mark Webber finishing in fourth and fifth places, respectively. However, the team’s performance declined in the following years, with Webber retiring from the race in 2008, and neither driver finishing in the points in 2009.

Red Bull’s fortunes at the Australian Grand Prix improved in 2010, with Webber achieving his first Grand Prix victory at his home race, while teammate Sebastian Vettel finished in third place. The team continued to perform strongly in the following years, with Vettel winning the race in 2011 and 2013, and Ricciardo winning in 2014.


Overall, Red Bull’s performance at the Australian Grand Prix has been a mixed bag, with some strong results in the earlier years, followed by a period of underachievement, and more recently, a return to form with wins in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

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Red Bull made its F1 debut in Australia in 2005 after acquiring the Jaguar team. The team had a promising start with Coulthard and Klien finishing in fourth and seventh places, respectively. The following year, Coulthard finished in eighth place, but Red Bull struggled to achieve significant success in the subsequent years.

However, in 2009, Red Bull emerged as a serious contender, with Vettel qualifying in third place and running in second during the race.

However, a collision with Robert Kubica, who was on a charge on medium Bridgestone tires, cost Vettel a podium finish and resulted in both drivers retiring.

During Red Bull’s period of dominance, Vettel only won once in Australia, in 2011. In 2010, he was leading the race when he experienced brake problems and retired, while in 2012, he finished in second place as the team was still optimizing its car for the rules designed to curb exhaust-blown aerodynamics.

In 2013, Vettel started the race in pole position but finished in third place behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari after struggling with the Pirelli tires.

Despite being a home hero, Mark Webber struggled to achieve significant success at the Australian Grand Prix during Red Bull’s dominant period, with his best finish being fourth place in 2012.


The initial years of the V6 turbo era were also challenging for Red Bull. In 2014, Daniel Ricciardo finished second but was disqualified for breaching the fuel-flow speed limit, and Sebastian Vettel retired early with an engine problem.

In 2015, only one Red Bull started the race, and Ricciardo finished in sixth place after experiencing several issues during practice. In 2016, Kvyat failed to start due to an electric failure, and Ricciardo finished fourth.

After the 2016 race, the Verstappen era began at Red Bull. However, the team’s and Verstappen’s relatively lack of results at the Australian Grand Prix is more due to circumstances than any fundamental recurring problems.

Nonetheless, it is likely that Red Bull’s record in Australia will significantly improve in the future, with one win and four podium finishes in 17 attempts.

Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia? F1 2023 Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia? F1 2023 Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia? F1 2023 Can Verstappen and Red Bull overcome their historical struggles in Australia? F1 2023