Vettel wins in Australia

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Is 2017 going to be the year of a Ferrari resurgence in Formula 1?

It may take several races before we can truly answer that question, but Sebastian Vettel's victory at the Australian Grand Prix proved that Ferrari's speed during winter testing is for real.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole, but was unable to shake Vettel off the back of his gearbox as the pair quickly opened a sizable gap to the cars behind them.

Often criticized for poor tactics last year, Vettel's win in Australia was largely due to a bold decision made by Ferrari to keep him out him out on the track for several more laps after Hamilton made his pit stop on Lap 17.

On fresher tyres Hamilton recorded several very quick laps, but wound up getting caught behind Max Verstappen in the Red Bull at the most inopportune moment.

It proved to be a pivotal moment in the race.

After making his stop Vettel emerged from the pit lane just in front of Verstappen and Hamilton, forcing the German to put the hammer down quickly in order to put as much distance between himself and his pursuers.

Hamilton would not get another chance to challenge Vettel for the lead, but instead had to concentrate on staying ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari had a quiet afternoon finishing fourth some eleven seconds behind Bottas, and Verstappen rounded out the top five.

The race had a fairly high rate of attrition featuring plenty of issues for the struggling McLaren team, and a double DNF for Haas F1.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo's miserable weekend at his home race continued when electrical gremlins struck his Red Bull on a pre-race reconnaissance lap, causing his gearbox to get stuck in sixth gear.

Ricciardo was forced to start from the pitlane two laps down, and eventually retired midway through the race due to an engine failure.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll, who is the first Canadian driver to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve, retired late in the race due to brake failure.

Image: Formula 1 / Twitter

Image: Formula 1 / Twitter

The Formula 1 season continues with the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in two weeks.