March 25, 2018
Sebastian Vettel took full advantage of a bizarre incident involving both cars of the American-owned Haas team to claim the opening race of the 2018 Formula One season in Australia Sunday.
Australian GP: Sebastian Vettel repeats 2017 victory in season-opener
Vettel held off reigning champion Lewis Hamilton to take the checkered flag in Melbourne, with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in third place.
Vettel, who was repeating his 2017 success at Albert Park, was able to leapfrog polesitter Hamilton while a virtual safety car was deployed on lap 26 of 58 at Albert Park.
That came about as both the Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean retired in quick succession after pit stop errors left them driving with loose wheel nuts.
Their despair was clear to see as both were set for solid points-scoring finishes, but it left Vettel with an opportunity.
READ: Red Bull looking to close gap on rivals
READ: 'We're not vulnerable says former F1 grid girl
He came in for his pit stop and emerged in front of Hamilton, who up to that point had controlled the race from the front.
"What just happened, guys? Why did you not tell me Vettel was in the pits?," a shocked Hamilton asked his Mercedes team over race radio.
"Was that my mistake? Was I supposed to go quicker through the safety car?"
"We thought we were safe, but there is obviously something wrong," came the response.
Mercedes later admitted that a software error had led to a miscalculation in the speed Hamilton was allowed to go under the virtual safety car.
In an unexpected lead, Vettel was able take advantage of fresher tires and the difficulty of overtaking on the street circuit to secure his 48th F1 career victory.
Home favorite Daniel Ricciardo pushed Raikkonen all the way to take fourth place for Red Bull, with two-time former world champion Fernando Alonso an excellent fifth for an improved McLaren team.
Ricciardo's teammate Max Verstappen never fully recovered from an early race spin and had to settle for sixth spot.
"We got a bit lucky obviously with the safety car," said Vettel.
"My start, I was hoping to be a bit better, didn't really work, so I had to settle for third. I was praying for a safety car."
A disappointed Hamilton admitted: "Today they did a better job. We've got to go back to the drawing board and work on it.
"But we still have great pace. This is an awesome circuit, but it's so hard to overtake."
Hamilton had led from pole after a clean start with Raikkonen staying ahead of Vettel in the early running.
The virtual safety car overtakes turned the race order on its head, with Alonso also taking advantage.
"Well done guys, very proud of you. Long winter, long seasons in the past but now we can fight, we can fight," the Spaniard said over his team radio.
Vettel also showed his experience by easily holding off Hamilton, finishing five seconds clear as the Briton conserved his engine ahead of the second round in Bahrain in a fortnight.
The result mirrored last season with Vettel making most of the early running in the title race until Hamilton dominated the latter part of the season to win his fourth world title.
The arch-rivals are both battling for a fifth crown in what looks set to be a compelling 2018 season with Red Bull also showing good pace in the early tussles as Ricciardo set the fastest lap in his attempt to make the podium in front of his home fans.
The Haas team, ironically now supplied with Ferrari engines, was also putting up a stellar showing with Magnussen and French driver Grosjean running fourth and sixth until their respective mishaps.
But both their pit stops were flunked as first Denmark's Magnussen pulled off at Turn Three on lap 22, with Grosjean stopping two laps later.
Grosjean left his car on the straight between Turns Two and Three, leaving officials to initially impose a virtual safety car, where the drivers are asked to maintain a set speed and maintain the gaps between them.
After Vettel, who had delayed his initial pit stop, had taken the lead it became a full safety car period, but with the German able to start from the front he was never headed.
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Julia Fox defends viral ‘Uncut Gems’ interview moment: ‘I was stoned’ | Page Six Celebrity News
February 17, 2022
4m-p0_-ePd8
Alexia Echevarria pushed ‘RHOM’ producers to show more of son Frankie’s recovery | Page Six
February 17, 2022
E-wTaN9NfkI
Pete Davidson rejoins Instagram amid Kanye West drama | Page Six Celebrity News
February 17, 2022
SsC3dmsI6t4
Aaron Rodgers And Shailene Woodley Reportedly Break Up | TMZ LIVE
February 17, 2022
FoErdRE8Qe4
Chet Hanks Done Talking About Famous Parents, Becoming Personal Trainer | TMZ
February 16, 2022
5_UrULOkQ6o
Woman Stabbed at Foot Locker During Nike Shoe Release
February 16, 2022
TfuXMs1JdVg
Steph's Freaky Side, "Summer House" & "Love During Lockup"
February 17, 2022
9W_raO0zlA8
Tay or Nay, Offset's Sushi Anxiety & Nick on Monogamy
February 17, 2022
PauYHpJRA6o
Kim Kardashian & North West TWINNING in Matching Pajamas | E! News
February 17, 2022
b-_Oib6R108
Adam McKay - Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony
February 17, 2022
tYtzsHoOZzo
Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and the Cast of 'Uncharted' Talk Most Challenging Stunts
February 15, 2022
d3ksX-SKi8c
Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell on ‘The Adam Project’, ‘Deadpool’, and Possible ‘Star Wars’ Role
February 16, 2022
5TxJsbJr9Dk
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
04
May
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Playoffs
Seattle Sounders - Pumas
04
May
USA: Major League Soccer
FC Cincinnati - Toronto FC
03
May
ENGLAND: Championship
Bournemouth - Nottingham Forest
02
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Brentford
02
May
ENGLAND: Championship
Fulham - Luton
02
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Real Betis
02
May
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Eintracht Frankfurt
02
May
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach - RB Leipzig
02
May
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Salernitana
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Leicester City
01
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Mallorca
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Bologna
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Arsenal
01
May
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Chelsea
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Inter Milan
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Fiorentina
01
May
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Venezia
01
May
SPAIN: La Liga
Rayo Vallecano - Real Sociedad
30
Apr
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Mainz - Bayern Munich
30
Apr
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bochum
30
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Liverpool
30
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Athletic Bilbao - Atletico Madrid
30
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leeds - Manchester City
30
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Espanyol
30
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Sassuolo
28
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Chelsea
27
Apr
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Semifinal
Liverpool - Villarreal
27
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Inter Milan
26
Apr
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Semifinal
Manchester City - Real Madrid
25
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Sassuolo - Juventus
24
Apr
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano
24
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - AC Milan
24
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Everton
24
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - West Ham United
24
Apr
ITALY: Serie A
Empoli - Napoli
23
Apr
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brentford - Tottenham Hotspur
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.