The season kicks off with Vettel winning in Australia.
Gladiators. That’s what the new regulations wanted to make the drivers look like. And when you look at the speed they carry through the corners you can probably agree with that. But in the Australian Grand Prix, the gladiators were the tyres as pit strategy helped decide the winner – as Vettel came out on top against Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton secures the first pole of 2017 at the Australian Grand Prix.
For the first time in 2017, the fastest car in Formula One was finally revealed as Hamilton clinched pole for the season-opener. His 62nd career pole comes with a new Albert Park lap record. As Vettel puts Ferrari on the front row for the first time since 2015, while Ricciardo put his Red Bull in the wall.
Sebastian Vettel lays down the pace at the Australian Grand Prix.
Qualifying in Australia continues to near as drops of rain linger in the air. But while the rain holds off, Vettel set more than just the pace. All the while Wehrlein was forced to watch on from the garage after withdrawing from the race. Handing Ferrari’s reserve driver, Antonio Givoniazzi, a surprise Formula One debut.
Lewis Hamilton maintains his half-second advantage at the Australian Grand Prix.
A spin, red flag, gearbox failure and drivers running wide. Formula One, 2017 edition has not taken long before the limits are being tested. Yet the battle at the top continues to wait as Hamilton narrowly misses out on a track record while Red Bull and Ferrari wait in the wings.
The Australian Grand Prix, Formula One’s curtain raiser.
This is the moment Formula One fan’s around the world have been waiting for. As it’s time to get rolling down under, with the season about to get underway in Melbourne. In the red corner stands Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari’s men behind the wheel of the car they hope can finally topple Hamilton’s Mercedes amidst a season of reg changes. But will the Silver Arrows still fly highest or is their dominant reign at its end?
After Formula One kicked off the 2016 season, take a look at eight things we learnt from the Australian Grand Prix.
Australia. The opening race of the 2016 Formula One season started as a damp squib but ended with a solid race Down Under. With the weekend as a whole drawing much speculation and scrutiny at the new elimination qualifying format. Yet come Sunday, that format was supposedly abolished before 57-laps of action saw Nico Rosberg open the campaign with a win.