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Strategic Seb Seals Victory in Australia

Sebastian Vettel sealed victory in the first race of the 2018 season thanks to a strategic pit stop that helped him to snatch the lead from reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.

The race began very calmly, with all twenty drivers making it through lap one cleanly. Hamilton confidently held off second place man Kimi Raikkonen and established a lead over the jostling pack.

Being the first race of the year, everyone was keen to make a lasting impression. Unfortunately for Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin, this was short lived when his Sauber suffered a brake failure on lap 6.

Albert Park is a street circuit and like others, Monaco, Baku and Singapore, fails to offer extensive overtaking opportunities. This made pit stop strategies VITAL! Ferrari's winter practice clearly paid off as Vettel overtook Hamilton and claimed the lead.

Vettel held the race lead throughout a late safety car period caused by Romain Grosjean's Haas stopped on track due to a tyre failure to win the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. He and Ferrari lead both the Drivers and Constructors championships.

 

Driver of the Day: Sebastian Vettel

Result:

1 Sebastian Vettel - 1:29.33

2 Lewis Hamilton

3 Kimi Raikkonen

4 Daniel Ricciairdo

5 Fernando Alonso

6 Max Verstappen

7 Nico Hulkenberg

8 Valtteri Bottas

9 Stoffel Vandoorne

10 Carlos Sainz

11 Sergio Perez

12 Esteban Ocon

13 Charles LeClerc

14 Lance Stroll

15 Brendon Hartley

16 Romain Grosjean   DNF

17 Kevin Magnussen  DNF

18 Pierre Gasly           DNF

19 Marcus Ericsson    DNF

20 Sergey Sirotkin      DNF