Vettel wins the Australian Grand Prix!
Yes, yes, yes! Sebastian Vettel won the first Grand Prix of this season just in front of Hamilton and Bottas. This makes it the first victory for Ferrari since the GP of Singapore back in 2015. The last time Scuderia Ferrari won in Melbourne was in 2007 with Kimi Räikkönen behind the wheel.
Ferrari had a good qualification on Saturday. Vettel set the second time so he came in between the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Räikkönen was behind them on 4th place. The race begun at 2 pm local time. The top four had a good start and they were able to keep their position. A crucial moment was the first and only pit stop for the drivers. Hamilton was the first one changing tires and he came back in traffic, while Vettel continued and racked up quick. In this race, Max Verstappen was very important for Vettel. He was holding up Hamilton so Vettel was able to get to the first place. The man from Heppenheim was in control and Hamilton couldn’t close the gap. The victory was in the pocket!
Kimi Räikkönen had a “simple” race due to the fact he finished at the same position as his starting position. He wasn’t a threat to Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas. But Räikkönen kept it all cool and finished fourth taking 12 important points home for Scuderia Ferrari.
Ferrari scored a total of 37 points in Australia and is the current leader in the Constructors Championship. The next race will be in China on the Shanghai track on the 9th of April.