Sebastian Vettel has underlined Ferrari’s championship credentials after beating Lewis Hamilton to win the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Pole-sitter Hamilton led the opening part of the Albert Park race, however misplaced out to Vettel in the one spherical of pit stops and completed 10 seconds behind the four-time world champion.
It marked Vettel’s first victory because the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish driver who has changed world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, finishing the rostrum.
“It’s unbelievable,” mentioned Vettel after claiming the 43rd victory of his profession.
“It’s what we needed. The guys have been working really hard and not getting much sleep. It’s a really fun car to drive.”
Hamilton added: “A big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian. 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.”