Last time out in the Saudi Arabia GP, Max Verstappen managed to claw back some points on Charles Leclerc, who looks likely to be his title rival this season.
The Red Bull had a significantly higher amount of straight-line speed at Jeddah than the Ferrari due to reducing their wing, whilst the Prancing Horse were quicker in the first sector, having built a superb aero package for this season’s car.
Since the last race at Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia back in 2019, there have been modifications made to the circuit, such as the removal of the chicane at Turns nine and 10, meaning that the middle sector is much more high pace. There are also now four DRS zones, with two activation points.
This should play into the hands of the Red Bulls if they can balance their car as well as they did in Saudi Arabia. Having battled it out for the win in the first two races of the season prior to Verstappen’s DNF at Bahrain, it would not be a surprise to see another battle of the ages between these two drivers.