Formula 1 2018 Australian Grand Prix

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2018-03-25
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Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
Sebastian Vettel VET
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Daniel Ricciardo
lap 54 - 1:25.945
RIC

The 2018 Australian Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
Despite being on pole position in Australia, Lewis Hamilton could not convert this into a win.

The race in Australia was round 1 of 21 of the 2018 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 25 March 2018 05:10 GMT (raceday).

Clear
75.07°F
35%
16.17 mph
296°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 58 1:29:33.283 25
2 58 +5.036 18
3 58 +6.309 15
4 58 +7.069 12
5 58 +27.886 10
6 58 +28.945 8
7 58 +32.671 6
8 58 +34.339 4
9 58 +34.921 2
10 58 +45.722 1
11 58 +46.817 0
12 58 +1:00.278 0
13 58 +1:15.759 0
14 58 +1:18.288 0
15 57 +1 Lap 0
24 Wheel 0
22 Wheel 0
13 Engine 0
5 Steering 0
4 Brakes 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.000
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +0.000
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.000
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.000
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +1.000
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +2.000
7 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team +2.000
8 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +2.000
9 Carlos Sainz Renault +2.000
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +1.000
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren +2.000
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +2.000
13 Sergio Pérez Force India +3.000
14 Lance Stroll Williams +3.000
15 Esteban Ocon Force India +3.000
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso +3.000
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +3.000
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber +3.000
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams +3.000
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +4.000

driver positions through the laps

2018 Australian Grand Prix

The 2018 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 25 March 2018 in Melbourne, Victoria. The race was contested over fifty-eight laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and was the first round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race marked the eighty-second race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix—which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928—and the twenty-third time the event was held at the Albert Park circuit.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was the defending race winner. Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole—his seventh pole position in Australia, a record for the event—while Vettel successfully defended his race win, the forty-eighth of his career.


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Only five overtakes were completed in the season-opening race following the first lap and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said he would have turned the TV off rather than watch a “worthless” grand prix. It came despite the fact the Albert Park track, known for being difficult to pass on, was bolstered with a third DRS zone in the hope of improving the wheel-to-wheel action.Brawn, F1’s ma ...

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Stroll came home 14th at Albert Park, second-to-last of the finishers, the final car on the lead lap, and behind Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc.The race was a continuation of a troubled weekend for Stroll, with ongoing balance and cooling issues limiting his running and leaving him less than comfortable in the car."We're not racing out there at the moment, we are surviving," said the ...

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel by more than six tenths of a second in qualifying, which led Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to declare the Mercedes was so good any top driver could take pole position in it.Mercedes' power unit has been more potent than its rivals, particularly in the final part of qualifying, ever since F1 adopted V6 ...

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The young Canadian came home 14th at Albert Park, second-last of the finishers, the final car on the lead lap, and behind Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc.The race was a continuation of a troubled weekend for Stroll, with ongoing balance and cooling issues limiting his running and leaving him less than comfortable in the car."We're not racing out there at the moment, we are surviving," ...

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Max Verstappen fell behind the Haas of Kevin Magnussen at the start then spun after picking up diffuser damage early on, while Daniel Ricciardo spent most of his race in traffic on his way to finishing fourth from eighth on the grid.Ricciardo was stuck behind Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari in the second half of the race and backed off late on to have one final attack, then set the fastest ...

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44 Lewis HamiltonMercedes F1 W09Start: 1stFinish: 2ndStrategy: 1 stop (ultrasoft/soft)Rating: 9Hamilton delivered a stunning pole lap, albeit inadvertently helped by Daniel Ricciardo backing him up on his second Q3 out-lap and aiding rear-tyre preparation.He would certainly have won without the team's VSC blunder, although he has to be marked down for minor errors in an admitte ...

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Honda's smooth first winter with Toro Rosso had been a stark contrast to the troubled build-ups to its three campaigns with McLaren.But Gasly dropped out just 13 laps into the Melbourne race with an MGU-H problem, and admitted it was unnerving given the new restriction of three power units per driver for the year."We're all quite disappointed because testing went so well, with no ...

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Juan Manuel Fangio's famous adage about winning by the smallest possible margin has never been truer than in modern grand prix racing. And that's even though he never had to deal with the complex hybrid technology and component limits that force races to be stage-managed by driver and team for fear of consuming too much engine life - with consequences for results downstream - or fuel ...

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The Melbourne season opener had noticeably little in the way of not only completed overtakes but any wheel-to-wheel battles, with only five passes taking place after the first lap.A potential fight for victory fizzled out as Lewis Hamilton could not get close enough to challenge Sebastian Vettel, a theme common throughout ...

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‘LUCKY’ VETTEL SAYS WORK TO DOSebastian Vettel got his season off to the perfect start with a slightly fortuitous victory in Australia that owed everything to the timing of a pit stop under virtual safety car conditions.Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes thought they had everything under control but when th ...

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Neither Sergio Perez nor Esteban Ocon was able to make much headways after a poor qualifying session, crossing the chequered flag in 11th and 12th place respectively in a race that saw only 15 finishers.It was Force India’s first non-score since last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, where both Perez and Ocon had to make extra pitstops due to crashes or punctures.Force India had brought a ...

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ESPN cited “technical issues” for the late start to its live coverage of the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, Australia. Instead of showing the pre-race buildup, it showed a static live shot of Turn 9 for five minutes and, after taking two ad breaks, cut to an episode of the E:60 series.Once that was rectified well ahead of the race start itself, the simulcast of the UK’s ...

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Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were looking set to finish inside the top six in Melbourne, before a pair of "heartbreaking" unsafe pitstops put both cars out of the first F1 race of the season and cost Haas a €10,000 fine.Team principal Gunther Steiner said a lack of pitstop practice had likely contributed to the mechanics cross-threading wheelnuts at the stops, and insisted the ...

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PODIUM INTERVIEWS(Conducted by Mark Webber)Sebastian, 48th victory, 100th podium, a couple behind Alain Prost, so run us through it – what a race. Sebastian VETTEL: Yeah, obviously pretty good. We got a bit lucky with the safety car but yeah, really enjoyed it. A great turnout today, you saw in the grandstands, I really enjoyed the lap back in. And for the race, I mean my start, I ...

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Fernando Alonso's fifth-place finish in what was McLaren's first race with Renault engines matched the best result the team had achieved in its three prior years with Honda.And with Stoffel Vandoorne adding two further points in ninth, the team's Melbourne haul was a marked improvement on McLaren's performance in last year's Australian Grand Prix, when Alonso retired and Vandoorne ...

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The incident occurred on lap 26 when the virtual safety car came out due to Romain Grosjean's Haas being stranded on track.McLaren driver Alonso was leaving the pits when Verstappen swept past on the track to claim fifth place.The Red Bull pit wall realised that Alonso had reached the yellow flag first, albeit by a tiny margin, and asked race control about the incident.Although he ...

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The Williams driver made it just five laps into his Formula 1 race debut before he speared down the run-off at Turn 13 after running out of brakes.Following post-race analysis of the potential cause of the early failure, Sirotkin is convinced that the issue stems from rubbish being sucked into the brake duct in the opening laps."You would not believe what happened – it was a plastic ...

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Verstappen made a strong initial getaway at the start of the race, but his line approaching the first corner was compromised by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and allowed Haas driver Magnussen to squeeze past around the outside into fourth.The Dutchman later spun at Turn 1 at the start of lap 10 and dropped to eighth, before finishing the race in sixth.Horner said Verstappen had damaged ...

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Mercedes driver Bottas started the race from 15th place on the grid after needing a new gearbox following his crash during the third segment of qualifying on Saturday.Although Mercedes appeared to have the fastest car in Melbourne, Bottas could not progress much, finishing down in eighth position, behind four Renault-powered cars.The Finn struggled to overtake his rivals and revealed ...

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Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen had been unable to challenge Hamilton in Melbourne qualifying, both finishing almost seven tenths off the reigning champion.But a different strategy coupled with a fortuitously-timed virtual safety car interruption in the race allowed the German to jump from third to first in the order, and he duly held off Hamilton for victory.Vettel conceded after ...

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The Spanish driver reported on the radio during the race that he was feeling nauseous as he fought to defend 10th position from Force India's Sergio Perez.In the end Sainz managed to keep his rival at bay despite the stomach problems, but the Renault driver admitted it had been a very tough day."We had a problem with the water pump and during the first 10 or 15 laps it was squirting ...

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Mercedes has changed the control electronics and energy store in Bottas’s car, as well as its gearbox, after the Finn crashed heavily exiting Turn 1 in Q3 on Saturday.Although a three engine per season rule has been imposed for 2018, the limit for the control electronics and energy store has gone down to two.This means the use of a third item at any of the remaining 20 races will ...

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Bottas’ shunt in Q3 in Melbourne has come on a weekend when he has been unable to match the pace of teammate Lewis Hamilton.And with the Finn’s contract up for renewal at the end of the year, a difficult start to the campaign will have done him few favours in proving he is the right man for the job.Wolff is adamant however that he has full faith in his driver, even though he accepts ...

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The Toro Rosso-Honda driver locked up and went off-track at the Turn 3 right-hander on his final attempt in the opening qualifying segment in Melbourne, leaving him 20th and last on the grid.Gasly believes the mistake denied him a much better result, as he says he was two tenths up on teammate Brendon Hartley before the error – a gap which, if maintained over the rest of the lap ...

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Alonso had been eighth in both Friday sessions ahead of McLaren's first F1 race with Renault power, among the frontrunners in the damp part of final practice, seventh in Q1 and then in the same spot early in Q2.But he was shuffled back to 11th and missed the top 10 shootout as others put in superior final laps.He insisted he was "happy where I am" and very optimistic for the race."I ...

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Perez and teammate Esteban Ocon qualified only 13th and 15th respectively, although they will each gain a spot from a gearbox penalty for Valtteri Bottas.“It’s definitely behind where we expected to be,” said Perez. “We thought we were going to be a bit closer to the fight, but we simply were not."It’s a shame, but the season is long, and hopefully we can recover the pace of the ...

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TRACK INTERVIEWSQ: Lewis, that was a lap of some commitment to take the record here, seven pole positions. How does that one feel?Lewis HAMILTON: You would think that with the results we’ve had in these years, it would be the norm. But it doesn’t. It’s still just as intense and my heart is racing, I wish you could feel it right now. It’s great to see this crowd here. Thank you so ...

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Alonso likened the speedy Haas to a replica of last year's Ferrari, referencing the team's technical alliance with the Scuderia and implying that it was directly related to Haas' upswing in form through testing and the early part of the first grand prix weekend of the year.Having today secured fifth on the grid, six spots clear of Alonso, Magnussen took his opportunity to hit back ...

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