FERRARI’S Sebastian Vettel picked up his first Grand Prix victory since Singapore 2015 in the first Formula 1 race of the new season in Australia.
The German took the chequered flag 9.9 seconds ahead of Mercedes Lewis Hamilton after the British driver started in pole.
Hamilton finished one and a half seconds clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas in third.
The victory for Ferrari suggests that this season will be more competitive after three years of Mercedes dominance, with a new mechanical formula having been introduced.
Afterwards, Hamilton said: “Big congratulations to Ferrari and Sebastian.
“In the race we struggled with the tyres. I had to stop early because I ran out of grip.”