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2018-03-25 08:52

Janine Van der Post

Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

 

Melbourne, Australia - The Australian Grand Prix started with Lewis Hamilton on pole after dominance during practice sessions and a blistering pole position, but Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel battled hard for the win.

With no incidents during the first lap, Hamilton led the race and looked certain to win the first race of the season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were on his heels since the lights went out, but during strategic box sessions, the boys in red had the better plan. After Hamilton boxed for the first time, Vettel took the lead and managed to keep his place even after he too had to box.

Mercedes would probably have had a better result was it not for the virtual safety car and the real one out on track after a couple of incidents. 

Hamilton was unable to catch him and finished the race in P2, with Raikkonen in P3.

Team Haas was on to a great start but saw both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean suffered technical glitches due to a faulty, both cars had to retire.

Danile Ricciardo took fourth on homeground while McLaren's Fernando Alonso took fifth.

Max Verstappen was in P6 after struggling during most of the race, along with a spin-out.

Hulkenberg in P7 for Renault while Valterri Bottas finished in P8. Vndoorne in P9 and Carlos Sainz in P10.

Stay tuned for the full race report within the next hour.

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