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Australian Grand Prix 2022 date: UK start time, standings, schedule, live stream and how to follow as Lewis Hamilton continues to struggle while Max Verstappen fights it out with Charles Leclerc

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Max Verstappen’s bid to defend his Formula One world title is up and running ahead of the crunch showdown in the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Dutchman, who registered a disastrous DNF in the season opener in Bahrain, picked up his first win since becoming champion in Saudi Arabia last time out.

Verstappen has put his terrible start to the season behind him with the crucial win

The Red Bull driver overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with four laps to go, with Carlos Sainz third and pole-sitter Sergio Perez fourth.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is having a disastrous start to the season having only finished 10th following one of the worst qualifying performances of his career.

The grid will now head to Melbourne for the third race of the campaign.

Australian Grand Prix 2022: Date and UK start time

The race weekend in Melbourne is scheduled for Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10.

There will be three practice sessions – two on Friday and one on Saturday – before qualifying is held at 7am UK time on Saturday morning.

The race itself is also an early one due to the time difference and will begin at 6am on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel has been declared fit to take part.

The four-time world champion, 34, has been sidelined for the opening two races of the new Formula One season with coronavirus.

But Vettel’s Aston Martin team confirmed he will return for F1’s first visit to Melbourne in two years.

The battle between Leclerc and Verstappen is set to dominate this season

Australian Grand Prix 2022: Live stream and TV channel

Qualifying will start at 6am on Sky Sports F1 on Saturday and at 5:55am for the race itself on Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99 while Channel Four will broadcast highlights later in the evening.

talkSPORT will have all of the best of the action in Melbourne on Sunday.

Verstappen has secured his first win since becoming champion

Australian Grand Prix 2022: Driver Standings

Driver / Car / Points

  • Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 45
  • Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 33
  • Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 25
  • George Russell / Mercedes / 22
  • Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes / 15
  • Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 14
  • Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 12
  • Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 12
  • Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 8
  • Lando Norris / McLaren / 6
  • Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 4
  • Pierre Gasly / Alphatauri / 4
  • Fernando Alonso / Alpine / 2
  • Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 1
  • Mick Schumacher / Haas / 0
  • Lance Stroll / Aston Martin / 0
  • Alexander Albon / Williams / 0
  • Daniel Ricciardo / McLaren / 0
  • Nicholas Latifi / Williams / 0
  • Nico Hulkenberg / Aston Martin / 0
  • Sebastian Vettel / Aston Martin / 0
A season for seven-time world champion Hamilton to forget thus far

Australian Grand Prix 2022: What has been said?

Leclerc on his battle with Verstappen: “It was very tricky. I don’t think there was much more I could do. I think we did everything right – the strategy, the pitstops.

“We are working very well as a team. The only thing we missed was a bit of a lower downforce level.”

On the next race in Melbourne: “It will be interesting. It won’t require the same setup as in the past, so to adapt will be very important.”

Hamilton: “It started getting a bit better, I started to gain on the guys ahead. It was a really good stint. I was feeling good at that point but then it all hit the fan when the cars were stopping.

“I got one point at least. We both got points for the team.

“Not much has changed since the last race but it has only been a few days. I couldn’t keep up with the Haas at the end. We have a lot of work to do for sure but I have a great team.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolf: “At the moment, our track performance is not meeting our own expectations, but everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is focused on understanding the problems and finding the right solutions.

“There won’t be a magic fix for the next race weekend, but we’re pushing to steadily bring gains over the up-coming races, to hopefully move us closer to the front of the pack.

“Until then, we need to maximise each opportunity and make the most of the package we have.  

“So, there are various challenges ahead of us, but that’s something we relish and is when a team really shows its true spirit.”

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