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Australia

Sebastian and Gina Master Melbourne

Result:

1. Sebastian Vettel - 1:24.11

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Valtteri Bottas

4. Kimi Raikkonen

5. Valtteri Bottas

6. Felipe Massa

7. Sergio Perez

8. Carlos Sainz

9. Daniil Kvyat

10. Esteban Ocon

11. Nico Hulkenberg

12. Antonio Giovinazzi*

13. Stoffel Vandoorne

14. Fernando Alonso     DNF

15. Kevin Magnussen    DNF

16. Lance Stroll              DNF

17. Daniel Ricciardo       DNF

18. Marcus Ericsson      DNF

19. Jolyon Palmer          DNF  

20. Romain Grosjean    DNF

 

DNF - Did Not Finish

 

* - Replaced Pascal Wehrlein

   (Sauber) due to injury

Formula One's newest double act Sebastian Vettel and his Scuderia Ferrari car Gina mastered Melbourne, taking victory in the Australian Grand Prix.

The first race of 2017 got off to a dramatic start when local hero Daniel Ricciardo stopped on track going to the grid. The Red Bull team rushed him back to the pit lane and aimed to fix the problem.

After two formation laps, the drivers were in the correct grid slots and got away cleanly. Lewis Hamilton pulled out a good lead but Vettel was never far from his tail.

Lap 2 saw Daniel Ricciardo finally return to the track. He was at the back of the order and two laps behind but hopeful of securing a good result. Unfortunately, he wouldn't taste success as his technical issues returned on Lap 28.

Midway through the Grand Prix, many drivers began to suffer start of the season teething problems. Jolyon Palmer experienced brake issues. Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean had engine problems.

Throughout the race, Hamilton was never happy with his car's performance. As soon as he lost the lead to Vettel during pit stops, Lewis looked to have admitted defeat.

Finally, after 57 laps of racing, Sebastian Vettel crossed the line and secured he, Gina and Ferrari's first victory of the 2017 Formula One season. He celebrated on the podium with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

 

Driver of the Day: Sebastian Vettel - Scuderia Ferrari