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Australian F1 Grand Prix live: Late drama as Daniel Ricciardo undergoes surgery

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Australian F1 Grand Prix live: Late drama as Daniel Ricciardo undergoes surgery

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

Max Verstappen will start on pole position as he looks to win his third race of the season and continue his charge to four straight world titles.

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Oscar Piastri is aiming to break Australia’s home podium curse, while Daniel Ricciardo is in for a slog at the back of the grid.

The race will get underway at 3pm AEDT. Follow below for live updates.

2.40pm – Brundle grid walk takes over Melbourne

It’s one of the best moments in the lead up to any Grand Prix and Martin Brundle was back at it in Albert Park.

While there wasn’t awkward celebrity moments this time around, the roaming segment saw Brundle chat with Australian icon Eric Bana before he came across Dude Perfect.

Sam Worthington however delivered the best lines when Brundle approached as he quipped right off the bat: “I’m not going to Cara Delevingne you today.”

As he kept walking down the grid he bumped into Daniel Ricciardo who will start all by himself from the back of the grid.

“Today will go better,” Ricciardo said.

“It’s lonely, I definitely want to be with cars around me. After the first lap we’ll see where we end up.”

1.10pm — Late drama as Ricciardo’s RB undergoes surgery

Daniel Ricciardo’s Visa CashApp RB has undergone major surgery hours before the Australian Grand Prix.

The FIA announced on Sunday morning the Australian’s car has undergone five significant changes — but the veteran driver has avoided a penalty.

There were some expectations the changes could have forced Ricciardo to start from pit lane, but FIA stewards have ruled all the changes conform with the 2024 Formula 1 sporting regulations.

The statement shows Ricciardo has changed his internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger (TC), major generator unit-heat (MGU-H), major generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K) and exhaust system (EX).

The changes could make Ricciardo a wildcard at the back of the grid.

12.55pm – Red Bull cop blow

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez qualified third fastest but will start from sixth on the grid after copping a three-place penalty for impeding Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying on Saturday.

So what was going 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 to a different front wing and nose.

12.30pm – Piastri out to break Aussie podium curse

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

Daniel Ricciardo finished second in 2014, but he was later disqualified over a fuel technicality.

Piastri is Australia’s best chance to end that drought, starting fifth on the grid.

It was a dire qualifying session for Ricciardo, who didn’t make it out of Q1 after he had his lap time 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 Perez

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 Hulkenberg

9th row: Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo

Pit lane: Zhou Guanyu

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