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Leclerc takes dominant Australia win as Verstappen DNFs again


Charles Leclerc took an impressive runaway victory for Ferrari at the Australian GP, as race and championship rival Max Verstappen suffered another disastrous retirement with a Red Bull issue in Melbourne.

Verstappen, who also had a reliability DNF at the Bahrain season-opener, was running second when he was told to stop his Red Bull with 20 laps remaining, as smoke then poured from his engine as he exited the car.

But the world champion still wouldn't have been a match for Leclerc, who was utterly dominant on Sunday and has now extended his early-season title lead to a healthy 34 points.

Leclerc led from pole and was rarely troubled - minus a Verstappen attempt following a second Safety Car restart - with Ferrari utterly dominant with their pace.

"The car was incredible today," said Leclerc, who put the cherry on top of his display with a last-lap fastest lap to give him the maximum 26 points.

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