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autoviva2017-03-27 12:11:10

Vettel kicks-off new season with a win

Ferrari's German driver beat the Mercedes duo in Australia

 
 
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Vettel won the first race of the season beating the two Mercedes

It was the perfect start for FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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and Sebastian Vettel on this new era of Formula 1 which started this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The German driver beat MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in a thrilling race.

FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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's strategy in the pitstops was decisive to take the first victory of the season. And although Hamilton held on to his lead in the first 17 laps Vettel jumped to the front in the first visit to the pits. He never let go of it until the checkered flag.
 
Vettel was the first to come in on lap 17 and Hamilton had the clock on his side until he got blocked by Max Verstappen's Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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. The Brit lost decisive seconds behind the Dutch and would eventually leave the pits behind Vettel on lap 23. The German increased his lead up to 10 seconds in the second stint and finished the race with a 9.975 seconds margin to Hamilton.
 
Although things didn't go very well for him in the first part of the race Valtteri Bottas managed to recover and grab the lower step of the podium in his first race with MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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. He crossed the finish line with just one second gap to his team-mate.
 
Kimi Raikkonen started the new season with a very calm race. He finished fourth and was only put to the test in the last laps when Max Verstappen threatened his position. The Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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driver was on super-softs when he attacked the Finn but was unable to overtake the Ferrari driver.
 
Coming back from retirement, Felipe Massa brought his Williams FW40FW40Williams FW40United Kingdom, 2017 > 20172 photos
to sixth position. Sergio Perez finished in seventh for Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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. The Mexican driver passed the two Toro RossoToro RossoToro RossoItaly, 2006 > present10 models
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's to secure his position on the finish line, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat. 
 
The Russian driver from Toro Rosso finished ahead of Esteban Ocon, who earned his first ever F1 point with Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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. The French driver took 10th place from McLarenMcLarenMcLarenUnited Kingdom, 1963 > present91 models
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's Fernando Alonso, who ended up retiring from the race.
 
 
Results Australian Grand Prix 2017
POS DRIVER CAR TIME LAPS
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h24m11.672s 57
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 9.975s 57
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 11.250s 57
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.393s 57
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 28.827s 57
6 Felipe Massa Williams 1m23.386s 57
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1 Lap 56
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1 Lap 56
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 Lap 56
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1 Lap 56
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 Lap 56
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 2 Laps 55
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 2 Laps 55
- Fernando Alonso McLaren Floor 50
- Kevin Magnussen Haas Puncture 46
- Lance Stroll Williams Brakes 40
- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Power Unit 25
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber Collision 21
- Jolyon Palmer Renault Brakes 15
- Romain Grosjean Haas Water leak 13
- Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Withdrawn 0

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