Vettel Victorious in F1 Australian Season Opener

Ten years on from Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Albert Park, Scuderia Ferrari has returned to winning ways in Melbourne, in the first race of the season. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in first place after 57 laps, in a race whose key moment came on lap 23, when a perfectly executed pit stop for fresh tires saw him rejoin the track ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 225th Formula 1 victory, Seb’s 43rd and his fourth with the Maranello team. Thanks to his fourth place finish, Kimi Raikkonen brought home a further 12 points, so that Scuderia Ferrari now has a total of 37 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

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The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix, 7-9 April, 2017.

Winners’ circle:

Thierry Boutsen wins the last race of the 1989 Formula One season: the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide, driving the Williams FW13. Most drivers, including Mr. Bousten, felt that the race should have been postponed due to the heavy rain. At the end, only eight of the 24 starting drivers were left driving for this reason.