Even though Lewis Hamilton took pole position yesterday, it was Ferrari who stormed to first place in Australia as Sebastian Vettel took advantage of having a longer pit stop when the virtual safety car was called. This victory puts Vettel in the same ranks as Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton who have achieved 100 podiums.
Kimi Raikkonen finished in 3rd place just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. The saddest part of the race was for Haas as both drivers had to retire when they were in fourth and fifth place due to a mechanical fault with the wheel gun.
Some interesting facts about the race from Formula1.com
- As well as taking his second straight victory in Melbourne, Sebastian Vettel became just third man in F1 history to lead 3,000 laps in his career, after Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton
- The German also scored his 100th F1 podium, becoming just the fourth driver to reach that milestone
- Vettel’s ninth win in 60 starts for Ferrari equals Kimi Raikkonen’s tally for the team over 131 starts
- For the fourth time in five years, Lewis Hamilton failed to convert an Australian pole into victory. From seven poles in Melbourne, the Briton has two wins
- McLaren scored points for the first time in Melbourne since 2014. Alonso’s fifth place matched his best result in three years with Honda power, while the team’s tally of 12 points also matched the best they ever achieved with the
- Japanese manufacturer over the same period
- Haas had their second consecutive double DNF in Australia, while Force India failed to score points in Melbourne for the first time since 2009
Here are the final standings from the race.
|4||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||58||+7.069s||12|
|6||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||58||+28.945s||8|
|11||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||58||+46.817s||0|
|12||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||58||+60.278s||0|
|15||28||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||57||+1 lap||0|
|NC||10||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||13||DNF||0|