August 8, 2022

Components One stars have been advised to ‘cease whingeing’ after the Australian Grand Prix boss hit again at complaints relating to the ‘painful’ timing of this yr’s race in Melbourne.

Charles Leclerc prolonged his championship lead final Sunday with an assured drive round Albert Park, choosing up his second win of the marketing campaign having taken the chequered flag in Bahrain within the season opener.

Melbourne’s race was the third on the calendar, with Components One returning for the primary time in three years after Covid pressured the game away from Australia.

Components One drivers have been advised to ‘cease whingeing’ over the timing of the Australia GP

Australia has usually hosted the primary race of the season and the timing of this yr’s Grand Prix has stirred debate amongst these within the paddock, with Sergio Perez and George Russell complaining whereas they have been Down Underneath.

The Purple Bull star claimed that the timing of the journey to Australia was ‘painful’ in a transparent message to F1 bosses.

Nevertheless, Australian Grand Prix organiser Andrew Westacott has advised the drivers to suck it up.

‘We’ve confirmed that we will have success each opening the season and coming in after a few races,’ Westacott mentioned.

Red Bull star Sergio Perez described the timing of this season's race as 'painful' for drivers

Purple Bull star Sergio Perez described the timing of this season’s race as ‘painful’ for drivers

‘The time for Components One in Australia is early within the season. The drivers have gotten to cease whingeing in some respects.’

Melbourne made its case for being the vacation spot for the F1 season curtain-raiser, with 420,000 followers turning out to cheer their favorite drivers on, in stark distinction to the empty stands in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 

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Mercedes star George Russell complained {that a} stand-alone race in Melbourne was ‘powerful’ for the drivers and the groups. 

‘I believe Melbourne right here because the season-opener was actually cool as a result of all people got here up right here early and there was plenty of pleasure and anticipation,’ he mentioned.

‘However I believe having Melbourne in between races, particularly as a stand-alone, is just too powerful for the groups and all people.

However, Australian Grand Prix boss Andrew Westacott (above) has told stars to stop moaning

Nevertheless, Australian Grand Prix boss Andrew Westacott (above) has advised stars to cease moaning

Melbourne typically hosts the season opener but was the third race on the calendar this year

Melbourne usually hosts the season opener however was the third race on the calendar this yr

‘Individuals got here out on Saturdays and Sundays to get acclimatised to the circumstances, to the time zone change and it’s simply an excessive amount of.

‘I believe it must be thought of extra. There isn’t a cause we couldn’t do a back-to-back with one of many Center Jap races. But it surely looks like one other double-header for all of the groups with the period of time they spend on this a part of the world.’

Perez mentioned: ‘Because the season is getting longer and longer, we have to get a greater stability.

‘It really works nicely in the intervening time as a result of we’re doing the winter testing in Bahrain, it is smart to remain there.

‘But it surely actually must be back-to-back with a kind of races as a result of simply coming to Australia for a single race is sort of painful for everybody.’