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Race results - Australian Grand Prix 2017 // Vettel snatches victory in first round of the season

Vettel gets his season off to the best possible start
Credit: Ferrari Media

Ferrari finally managed to get their strategy under control in Australia and pulled a victory away from Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel inherited the lead when Hamilton pitted with worn out tyres, and the German put in some fast laps to gain enough time to secure the position when he took his own stop.

It was a race of mostly one-stopping, with many retirements along the way. Haas suffered a double DNF, with Romain Grosjean the first driver to stop with an engine problem. Palmer, Ricciardo and Stroll all brought their difficult weekends to an early conclusion, whilst Fernando Alonso got within four laps of the end of the race before his McLaren gave up the ghost.

BestKimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:26.538Lap 56
1Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:24:11.6721
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport+9.9751
3Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport+11.2501
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari+22.3931
5Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+28.8271
6Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing+83.3861
7Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team+1 lap1
8Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso+1 lap1
9Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso+1 lap2
10Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team+1 lap1
11Nico HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team+1 lap2
12Antonio GiovinazziSauber F1 Team+2 laps1
13Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda+2 laps1
DNFFernando AlonsoMcLaren HondaLap 542
DNFKevin MagnussenHaas F1 TeamLap 502
DNFLance StrollWilliams Martini RacingLap 453
DNFDaniel RicciardoRed Bull RacingLap 290
DNFMarcus EricssonSauber F1 TeamLap 250
DNFJolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 TeamLap 181
DNFRomain GrosjeanHaas F1 TeamLap 151