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Australian Grand Prix starting grid with penalties applied

Australian Grand Prix starting grid with penalties applied

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Australian Grand Prix starting grid with penalties applied

Australian Grand Prix starting grid with penalties applied

Charles Leclerc will start on pole position for the Australian Grand Prix but it was touch and go for a while for the Ferrari driver.

Three-and-a-half hours after a chaotic qualifying session, Leclerc was one of three drivers summoned to the stewards for allegedly 'driving unnecessarily slowly on an in lap'.

Leclerc was ultimately cleared, along with Alfa Romeo's Guanyu Zhou, although Yuki Tsunoda in his AlphaTauri was given a reprimand.

The Monégasque will be joined on the front row by F1 champion Max Verstappen as the duo again threaten to resume their duel which has been a feature of the opening two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez will line up third after a stewards' visit of his own but no action was taken against a charge of failing to slow for yellow flags.

It is at the rear of the grid where penalties were handed out, with Alex Albon permitted to start after being disqualified from the qualifying classification after the FIA failed to extract a fuel sample from his Williams.

Albon will line up at the back, with Aston Martin's Lance Stroll one place ahead of him.

Despite a three-place penalty for causing a collision with fellow Canadian Nicholas Latifi in his Williams, Stroll moves forward one position given the situation with Albon even though he had failed to set a time before the crash and was due to line up last.

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