Australian Grand Prix: In 100 Words

Vettel won the head to head against Hamilton in this one, thanks to some great tactics from Ferrari. Bottas got on the podium in his inaugural race in the silver arrow, while Raikkonen made up the top 4. Riccardo retired early, engine problems hampering his home race. There were double points finishes for midfield pair Toro Rosso and Force India, with Verstappen and Massa also in the top ten. McLaren continued to disappoint, with Alonso not even finishing the race after a good start. Emergency debutant for Sauber Antonio Giovinazzi gave a fantastic account of himself, finishing 12th. On to China!


1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:24:11.670

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +00:09.975

3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 00:11.250

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:22.393

5. Max Verstappen (Holland) Red Bull 00:28.827

6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 01:23.386

7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1 lap

8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1 lap

9. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1 lap

10. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 1 lap

11. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1 lap

12. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) Sauber 2 laps

13. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 2 laps

Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen,1:26.538, lap 56.

Constructors Points

1. Ferrari 37

2. Mercedes 33

3. Red Bull  10

4. Williams 8

5. Force India 7

6. Toro Rosso  6

7. Renault 0

8. Sauber 0

9. McLaren 0

10.  Haas 0




First Practice 1 & 2: In 100 Words

First practice in Australia certainly had plenty of talking points. It was three time world champion Lewis Hamilton who set the pace, finishing fastest in both sessions. It was a case of two differing sessions from Ferrari, as they were beaten by Red Bull in the first test, before Vettel finished just behind Hamilton in the second. There was a number of incidents, with Palmer ditching his car into the wall at turn 16, while Verstappen had a trip into the gravel. The midfield battle looks interesting, with lots of cars performing differently throughout the day. On to FP3 and qualifying!

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.620
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:24.167
3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:24.176
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.525
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.650
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:25.013
7. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:25.084
8. Romain Grosjean Haas 1:25.436
9. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:25.478
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:25.493

What to Look Out For in Free Practice: In 100 Words

This will be the first time we see the true potential of the cars, so it is hugely important ahead of qualifying and the race itself. The main question is: which teams have been sandbagging in testing? Can Red Bull actually go much faster then they’ve showed. Who is truly faster out of Ferrari and Mercedes? Which team in a packed midfield is going to show the most potential to lift themselves above the rest? And can McLaren finally rid themselves of their Honda-induced problems and perform as they should be expected to. It’s only practice, but I can’t wait!