After a long wait, Formula 1 was back to our TVs and the new era started with a big difference if we compare with the last season. The Australian GP was the perfect race for Scuderia Ferrari who got his first victory since 2013 Singapore GP.
The start was aborted after a mistake of Toro Rosso. When we had the green light we had a clean start in front of the grid but Ericsson and Magnussen crashed on turn 1. The yellow flag appeared on the track, but Maylander didn’t have to make his debut this season. Lewis Hamilton kept the first position but this time there was something different… We didn’t saw the Mercedes opening the gap with the Ferrari, this time Vettel was close to the silver arrow.
Ricciardo who had to start the race from the pitlane, had to recover a lot of time and overtook Vandoorne… but he had to do it again if he want to take that position. The McLaren driver had problems on his pitstop when his car stopped and had to make a reset to start again.
Giovinazzi who was making his debut in F1 with Sauber because Wehrlein had back pain, had to defend the position with Lance Stroll, who was also making his debut in F1… but the Canadian driver didn’t had a good race at all.
Lewis Hamilton made his pitstop, and it was a big mistake for Mercedes becuase he returned to the track behind Max Verstappen, who continued for a few laps, making the british driver to go slow and lose time with Sebastian Vettel, who was first after making his pitstop.
Daniel Ricciardo had to retire after losing power on his Red Bull. It was a weekend to forget for the aussie who couldn’t make a good race in front of his fans. Stroll was close to crash his car… but he could return to the track, but he had to retire his Williams after that.
During the last part of the race we saw how Verstappen was getting close to Kimi Raikkonen, but he didn’t overtake him. The other battle of the race was between Alonso and Ocon during the whole grand prix, but when Hulkenberg arrived to that group, the battle finished… with an awesome overtake from Ocon and Hulkenberg to the McLaren driver, who had to retire after that overtake because his suspension broke. On the last laps Sainz started to fly and get close to Perez who had problems with his Force India, but he didn’t overtake him.
Sebastian Vettel won the Australian GP with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at podium. The top 10 was completed with Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Felipe Massa, Sergio Pérez, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Ocon.
Now it’s time to focus on the next race in China in two weeks, but before that we’re going to enjoy the MotoGP Qatar GP in a few hours. Stay tuned for more updates with the Minis.