Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel took back victory at the 2018 Formula One season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park.
The German beat defending world champion Lewis Hamilton who had secured pole position while Kimi Raikkonen who had been faster than Sebastien Vettel most of the weekend rounded out the top three.
Vettel took the lead following the only safety car which came out as a result the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen’s failure.
Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull finished his home race in fourth place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso who was delighted with his finish and gives the Woking based outfit a solid foundation to build on.
Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull was sixth ending the race just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes came from 15th place to finish the race in eighth place having come through the field following a grid penalty as a result of a gearbox penalty. Stoffel Vandoorne ended the race in ninth place in the second McLaren giving the team a double points finish. Carlos Sainz in the second Renault completed the top ten despite suffering from a sick stomach during the race.
Sergio Perez was 11th for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team ending the race just ahead of his team mate Esteban Ocon. Charles Leclerc ended his first race in Formula One in 13th place for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll ended the race in 14th place just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley who rounded out the order.
The Haas F1 Team who had a fantastic weekend were left disappointed as both their drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were forced to retire from the race due to a left front tyre puncture. Pierre Gasly was forced to retire with an engine failure in his Toro Rosso while Marcus Ericsson and Sergey Sirotkin also retired from the race.
Next up for Formula One is the Bahrain Grand Prix in two weeks time.