- Sebastian Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton and the world champion Mercedes team with a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Vettel won by almost 10 seconds from Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a commanding victory of tactics and speed. It was the German four-time world champion's fourth win for Ferrari and his first since Singapore in 2015. "I was not entirely happy with my start, there was a bit of wheel spin, but I was trying to keep the pressure on. There was a bit of luck that Lewis came out in traffic," said Vettel. Hamilton's early stop meant he rejoined behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen which allowed Vettel to open up a decisive gap at the head of the field which he kept until the chequered flag.