Red Bull Racing: Pérez finishes P5 after Verstappen car trouble forces him to retire in Australian Grand Prix

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    It was a fairly disappointing Australian Grand Prix for Red Bull Racing, as Max Verstappen was forced to retire after brake trouble with his car.

    The three-time World Champion began the race in pole position, ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and McLaren's Lando Norris, but his race only lasted five laps.

    His car began smoking and he was forced to bring the car back to the pitlane and retire from the race, with the team's engineers unable to do anything to fix the issue; bitter disappointment for the winner of this race last race.

    Speaking after the race, Verstappen commented: "At the start of the race the right rear brake just stuck on. It was like driving with the handbrake on."

    He later added on social media: "Gutted. Unfortunately this is part of racing, onward to Suzuka."

    Losing the team's star for the race was a significant knock for the team, but it wasn't a pointless race as Sergio Pérez brought home some much needed points after it ended with a Ferrari one-two victory.

    Pérez started the race in P6 after being assessed a three-place grid penalty, but he was able to battle his way through an eventful race to come home P5, over 50 seconds away from a podium place as the race ended under a virtual safety car.

    The result has shaken up both the Drivers and Constructors Standings, with Charles Leclerc leapfrogging Pérez into second place, while the gap between Red Bull and Ferrari has been cut to just four points.

    The team will now have two weeks before the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka to get both cars ready to once again compete at the top end of the grid and hopefully avoid further issues, with the team needing to avoid Ferrari catching up to them.

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