Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Vettel beats Hamilton to win Australian Grand Prix

Vettel beats Hamilton to win Australian Grand Prix

Vettel had a 10-second lead on Hamilton when he won the 2017 Australian Grand Prix and despite Ferrari proving to be the faster auto so far, Hamilton said that he is hungrier than ever to reclaim his Formula One title.

After an enthralling encounter between two former world champions this weekend, in which Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton in the opening race of the season down in Australia, the Brit has admitted it's great to see the German back competing at the top.

Vettel extended his lead over Hamilton to over nine seconds after 41 laps with the three-time world champion seemingly unable to reel him in. However, due to the hard nature of overtaking with the new generation cars, he felt it was not worth trying to push.

"Incredible amount of respect for Sebastian and what he's achieved in his career", Hamilton said.

Fact is, based on the evidence thus far, it is going to be a very, very hard slog for the pit crew and tacticians, for yesterday proved time and time again that much of the racing is going to mean endless frustration as drivers are forced to remain around 2s down on their rivals unable to get any closer due to the dirty air from the vehicle in front. "It was a good race for the team, we won the first race, so we have a lot of good things and a foundation to build from".

"Right now it looks like we have equal machinery", Vettel said.

Lewis Hamilton says it was his call to pit from the lead early on in the Australian Grand Prix, a decision which handed victory to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

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Vettel said- "We say this all the time, what this team has done in the last six months has been really tough".

Young Briton Jolyon Palmer retired after brake problems, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull endured a home grand prix to forget as he eventually aborted on lap 30 and McLaren's Fernando Alonso suffered suspension problems when running 10th.

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"I didn't know how quick they would be in the race but their pace from testing was true and their first stint on the ultrasoft tyres was fantastic". I am delighted for the team and for our tifosi (fans) who stood by us throughout this whole period.

"Today we had an issue during the warm-up lap by a second issue in the race". When he exited the pits just ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton, everybody watching realized Ferrari means business this year.

Vettel, who now has 43 race wins compared to Hamilton's 53, agrees. "I gave it everything I could and you can't win them all".

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