The Australian Grand Prix not only marked the beginning of a new F1 season, but also of a new era in Formula One. With drastic rule changes to the dimensions and specifications, each lap went by faster by around two to three seconds during the testing period. The Australian Grand Prix was everything that you would expect of a season opener. It was exciting and saw a lot of drama and action. The changes certainly have brought excitement back into Formula One.
Having started first, Hamilton lead the charge into Turn 1 of the Australian Grand Prix with Vettel right behind him. With the red Ferrari lurking in his rear-view mirrors, Hamilton had to push hard, which led to him running out of rubber at the end of 17 laps. Vettel, on the other hand was able to stay out of the pits for 22 laps before finally getting a fresh set of tyres.
Hamilton expected to come out of pits and join the race, and regain the lead when Vettel made his stop. However, he got stuck behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull which was at the 5th place. Despite running newer tyres than the Red Bull, Hamilton simply couldn’t find an opportunity to overtake it.
The Australian Grand Prix could have been better for Raikkonen, who finished 4th behind Bottas. Verstappen took 5th while it was Felipe Massa who crossed the finish line at the 6th spot. Sergio Perez took the 7th place, with the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz chasing him. Perez’s teammate Danil Kvyat managed to score points too after crossing the line at the 9th place. Esteban Ocon too managed to score points barely by finishing 10th.
The Australian Grand Prix also saw many retirements, including Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, Ericsson’s Sauber, Daniel Ricciardo who joined the race at Lap two due to his car being stuck in 6th gear retired due to an engine failure. Palmer and rookie Lance Stroll retired due to brake problems.
|5||MAX VERSTAPPEN||NED||RED BULL RACING||+28.827s||10|
|7||SERGIO PEREZ||MEX||FORCE INDIA||+1 lap||6|
|8||CARLOS SAINZ||ESP||TORO ROSSO||+1 lap||4|
|9||DANIIL KVYAT||RUS||TORO ROSSO||+1 lap||2|
|10||ESTEBAN OCON||FRA||FORCE INDIA||+1 lap||1|