Vettel triumphs in Australia
Sebastian Vettel won the 2017 season-opening race what is the first victory for the four-time champion since the Singapore Grand Prix in September of 2015. The Ferrari driver triumphed at the Australian Grand Prix after having profited from the mistake made by Mercedes team.
Nothing has changed at the top of the grid after the start of the race and Lewis Hamilton comfortably led the race. Behind the Top 5, Felipe Massa overtook Romain Grosjean, while Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen had a small collision but both drivers were able to continue the race. At the same time, the fans were left devastated after Daniel Ricciardo was pushed five places back on the grid due to a gearbox change. The Australian driver missed the start and joined the race on lap 3 but later retired from the race.
Despite Vettel was pushing hard to keep the pressure on Hamilton, after 15 laps the race looked like as boring as it were the most of the races in the previous season. There wasn’t almost any action so the first general impression was that the changes didn’t bring too much to make racing more exciting.
It wasn’t the best decision made by Mercedes team as Lewis was the only driver who pitted so early. A few laps after, Vettel as the leader of the race also went for tires change and when he returned to the track had an advantage of 6 seconds. The German driver easily kept an advantage he had and with 20 laps to go, Vettel was on the way to win the race.
Hamilton couldn’t close the gap to Vettel but back in the grid, we could see a couple of interesting duels that were more interesting than the battle for the victory. At the end, Vettel was well ahead of Hamilton and Bottas what is encouraging for the Scuderia but also for all of the F1 fans who can hope for the more thrilling season than it was in the previous two years.
The next race on calendar is the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit and will go on April 7-9.