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Australian Grand Prix - Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari on top in Australia

Raikkonen fourth. A great job from the entire team

Melbourne – Ten years on from Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at Albert Park, Scuderia Ferrari has returned to winning ways in Melbourne, in the first race of the season. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in first place after 57 laps, in a race whose key moment came on lap 23, when a perfectly executed pit stop for fresh tyres saw him rejoin the track ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

This is Scuderia Ferrari’s 225th Formula 1 victory, Seb’s 43rd and his fourth with the Maranello team.

Thanks to his fourth place finish, Kimi Raikkonen brought home a further 12 points, so that Scuderia Ferrari now has a total of 37 points in the Constructors’ Championship.


POS
DRIVER
CAR
LAPS
TIME/RETIRED
PTS
1
SEBASTIAN
VETTEL
FERRARI
57
1:24:11.672
25
2
LEWIS
HAMILTON
MERCEDES
57
+9.975S
18
3
VALTTERI 
BOTTAS
MERCEDES
57
+11.250S
15
4
KIMI
RÄIKKÖNEN
FERRARI
57
+22.393S
12
5
MAX
VERSTAPPEN
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
57
+28.827S
10
6
FELIPE
MASSA
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
57
+83.386S
8
7
SERGIO
PEREZ
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
56
+1 LAP
6
8
CARLOS
SAINZ
TORO ROSSO
56
+1 LAP
4
9
DANIIL
KVYAT
TORO ROSSO
56
+1 LAP
2
10
ESTEBAN
OCON
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
56
+1 LAP
1
11
NICO
HULKENBERG
RENAULT
56
+1 LAP
0
12
ANTONIO
GIOVINAZZI
SAUBER FERRARI
55
+2 LAPS
0
13
STOFFEL
VANDOORNE
MCLAREN HONDA
55
+2 LAPS
0
NC
FERNANDO
ALONSO
MCLAREN HONDA
50
DNF
0
NC
KEVIN
MAGNUSSEN
HAAS FERRARI
46
DNF
0
NC
LANCE
STROLL
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
40
DNF
0
NC
DANIEL
RICCIARDO
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
25
DNF
0
NC
MARCUS
ERICSSON
SAUBER FERRARI
21
DNF
0
NC
JOLYON
PALMER
RENAULT
15
DNF
0
NC
ROMAIN
GROSJEAN
HAAS FERRARI
13
DNF
0

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
27 November

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:38:22.829 + 18.816 55 1:45.163 35
  1st stop Lap 7 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 25 New Soft
VETTEL 3rd 1:38:04.856 + 0.843 55 1:43.729 43
  1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 37 New Supersoft
Weather: air 25°C, asphalt 28 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I think it was an important race for us today: in the final laps, I would have liked to gain two more positions, because the speed was there; but it was difficult to make the move because the car in front also benefited from a tow. Nevertheless as a team we deserve this podium, and I hope it gives some momentum to all of us. It has been a tough year, with lots of up and downs, so I am really happy with this result. About our global performance in 2016, I think we don't need to find any story or invent something. I think we expected more; but after the first half, where we could have scored more points, I think we showed real strength by coming back. In the last couple of Grand Prix we had very good race pace, always enough to match Red Bull, and probably even a bit quicker: but that was not the case on Saturdays, and that made Sundays more difficult. Overall we showed the stamina that the team has. The spirit is unbroken, and I know that we will work hard, because Ferrari deserves to come back. All in all we learned a lot, we made a lot of progress. Today is Nico's day, well done to him. I think you don't win the Championship by luck, and it is a sign of respect to give him this. He is a deserving champion.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
26 November

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:40.338 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps P3 1:40.341 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps
Q2 P3 1:39.629 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:40.034 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Q3 P4 1:39.604 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:39.661 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
      New Ultrasoft - 3 laps     New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Weather: air 27/28 °C, track 31/33 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I'm not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don't think we were any slower, but we didn't get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.

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