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Ferrari 7/2 for a double podium upon Sainz’s return in Australia

Formula One returns for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, and it isn’t the only return scheduled in Melbourne, as Carlos Sainz Jr is hoping to be back in his seat at Ferrari for the race.

The Spaniard missed the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix thanks to surgery required due to a bout of appendicitis.

While his deputy, 18-year-old Oliver Bearman, put in a stellar performance in his place, the Tifosi will no doubt be boosted by the experienced Sainz’s comeback at Albert Park.

The Italian team are therefore 7/2 for a double podium if he makes it through the practice sessions with no discomfort on Friday.

Australian Grand Prix

Sainz has arrived down under in good spirits, and claims that the exercises he’s been doing throughout recovery indicate he is fit enough to get into the car for practice on Friday.

However, he has also been managing expectations, stating that if he feels any discomfort in FP1 he’ll allow Bearman to deputise once again, and use the two week break until Japan to recover fully. The FIA are also monitoring his recovery closely.

His teammate Charles Leclerc, brought the car home third in Saudi, leaving Ferrari with two podiums this season, one apiece for their main drivers.

It appears that they are the most likely team to challenge Red Bull this season, and although Sergio Perez has secured two second place finishes thus far, he showed last season that he is closer to the chasing pack than he is to Max Verstappen.

Therefore, it is not an unreasonable possibility that both Ferrari drivers usurp him and claim two spots on the podium.

Sainz has a point to prove, being replaced by Lewis Hamilton next season and currently without a seat in 2025, he will want to utilise every race to prove his ability to potential suitors, missing a race for surgery will have caused him great pain in more ways than just physically.

Leclerc on the other hand, will be keen to highlight his importance to the team, perhaps fearing becoming their number two driver behind the seven time World Champion. Again, wanting to make every race count and improve on the third and fourth place finishes he has had this season.

Furthermore, with Mercedes still looking for the root of yet more issues this season, McLaren stagnating slightly and Aston Martin only having one competitive car, it seems that Ferrari, if anyone, will be the team to finally break Verstappen and Red Bull’s nine race winning streak.

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