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Grid shuffle: Sergio Perez penalized in Australian Grand Prix drama

Red Bull's Sergio Perez found his podium hopes dashed as he faced a grid penalty at the Australian Grand Prix, altering the starting line-up for Sunday's race.

Perez, initially set to commence from third place, encountered trouble during qualifying at Albert Park. Allegations arose suggesting he impeded Nico Hulkenberg's flying lap, prompting a steward's investigation.

Despite a promising performance, Perez's fate took a downturn with the penalty, bumping him back to sixth position on the grid. This setback opened doors for Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, and Oscar Piastri to advance a slot each.

The Stewards' decision outlined the situation: "Hulkenberg was on a fast lap... Perez, who was on an out lap, was at the apex... Hulkenberg was forced to lift the throttle early..." Such deliberation led to the inevitable grid drop for Perez.

Acknowledging the complexities of the session, the Stewards maintained consistency in their ruling, emphasizing Perez's role in the incident.

Meanwhile, Perez's teammate, Max Verstappen, continued his dominance by clinching pole position for the fourth consecutive race, amplifying Red Bull's presence at the front of the grid.

The Australian Grand Prix, slated as the third race of the F1 season, promises excitement on the challenging 5.278km Albert Park semi-street circuit. With its undulating terrain and evolving track conditions, drivers face a formidable test of skill and adaptability come race day.

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