MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With one overtaking maneuver and constant pace, Purple Bull driving force Max Verstappen confirmed that the 2019 Components One season is not likely to descend into every other two-team race.

Verstappen overtook two-time protecting Australian Grand Prix champion Sebastian Vettel at the outdoor simply after midway during the season-opening race on Sunday and saved powering clear of the Ferrari ace to complete 3rd. It was once his 6th consecutive F1 podium end, and delivered automaker Honda its first since 2008.

Lots of the communicate after iciness checking out was once concerning the tempo of the Ferrari vehicles, and if that may be sufficient to finish the domination Mercedes has had at the F1 championships lately.

Valtteri Bottas led five-time global champion Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 end however then Verstappen break up the 2 groups maximum anticipated to compete for the identify, completing at the back of each Mercedes and in entrance of each Ferraris.

“With the intention to problem Lewis on the finish of the race and overtake Seb on-track, which round right here could be very tough, could be very certain,” Verstappen mentioned. “Since we set to work in combination (with Honda) it’s been wonderful and I’m in reality taking part in the partnership, so it is a hard-earned 3rd position for all folks.

“The automobile was once running in reality effectively and we additionally glance sturdy at the straights, which is with a bit of luck a excellent signal for the remainder of the season.”

Purple Bull workforce most important Christian Horner hadn’t been anticipating to overcome the Ferraris in Melbourne.

“An out of this world begin to the season with a podium end at our first Grand Prix with our new energy unit spouse Honda, who have not completed within the most sensible 3 since 2008,” Horner mentioned. “Max installed a outstanding efficiency as of late and (made) an excellent cross on Sebastian.

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“He went on to place Lewis beneath force for the remainder of the race. It appeared like we had a sooner automotive than Lewis in the second one part of the race, and to try this right here could be very encouraging for us.”

Pierre Gasly began from 17th in his first GP for Purple Bull, as Daniel Ricciardo’s alternative this season, however controlled to paintings his as far back as 11th.

“He drove the wheels off the auto and it is a disgrace that it wasn’t rewarded with some degree.” Horner mentioned. “He raced exhausting and I am positive his time will come. After a promising season opener, we now look forward to Bahrain.”

Gasly is taking a look ahead to returning to Bahrain, the place he positioned fourth within the Toro Rosso remaining 12 months.

And Verstappen is made up our minds to strengthen on his outcome there, too, after failing to complete that race in 2018. He went directly to submit two GP victories — in Austria and Mexico — and end off the season with 5 instantly podium finishes, and 7 within the remaining 9 races to put fourth within the drivers’ standings.

“When it comes to pace we had right through the race, it was once an excellent step ahead from remaining 12 months,” mentioned Verstappen, whose easiest earlier lead to Australia was once a fifth-place end in 2017. “Most sensible speeds when compared with the opposite two most sensible groups.

“The engine has been acting in reality effectively with none problems, which is necessary. Time will inform if we will problem for most sensible spot.”

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