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Australian GP

Vettel wins Australian Grand Prix, taking Mercedes by surprise

The German in the Ferrari went ahead of Hamilton and Bottas and ran away with the Australian GP. Fernando Alonso retired on the 54th lap
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Maurizio Arrivabene y Sebastian Vettel, con el Ferrari después de ganar el GP de Australia de F1 2017.
Mark Thompson

Sebastian Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton and the world champion Mercedes team with a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.

Vettel clinches Australian victory by wide margin

Vettel won by almost 10 seconds from Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a commanding victory of tactics and speed around the Albert Street circuit.

Ferrari's first win down under since '07

It was Ferrari's first win in Melbourne since Kimi Raikkonen's victory in 2007 and Vettel's second in Australia after winning the 2011 race with Red Bull.

It was also a major fillip for the 2017 season and the new generation of quicker cars after Ferrari's superior pre-season test times as they chase their first world constructors' title since 2008.

Vettel celebrates his Australian GP win
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Vettel celebrates his Australian GP winDIEGO AZUBELEFE

It was the German four-time world champion's fourth win for Ferrari and his first since Singapore in 2015 and his 43rd career win.

Vettel: "Over the moon"

"A title challenge is a long way ahead. For now we are just over the moon at the start we have made here today," Vettel said.

"I was not entirely happy with my start, there was a bit of wheel spin, but I was trying to keep the pressure on to give the message that we are here to fight. There was a bit of luck that Lewis came out in traffic."

Tactics decide Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari got the better of Mercedes in the sole round of tyre changes which ultimately decided the race.

Hamilton's early stop meant he rejoined behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen which allowed Vettel to open up a decisive gap at the head of the field.

"A big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian," Hamilton said. "In the race, I struggled with the tyres. I had to stop very early and I got stuck behind one of the Red Bulls but that's just the way it goes."

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth with Verstappen fifth ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the Williams.

Ricciardo forced out

Australia's big hope Daniel Ricciardo had a heartbreaking day with gear box problems ending his race on the 29th lap after he was forced to start from pit lane when his Red Bull car broke down on the warm-up lap.

Fernando Alonso out with suspension problems

Spain's Fernando Alonso made it to the 54th lap of the designated 57, before suspension problems forced him to retire.

Australian GP: Results.

How the driver's and constructor's standings look after Australia.

Alonso: 2017 Australian GP "probably the best race of my life" 

Vettel wins in Bahrain

Vettel cruza la meta en Albert Park.
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Vettel cruza la meta en Albert Park.WILLIAM WEST

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