FLASH: Ferrari’s Vettel, Leclerc, and MercedesAMG’s Hamilton off of the pace for the entire race Sunday.
MercedesAMG team driver Valtteri Bottas, 29 anni, started behind Lewis Hamilton who took his 84th pole, but roared off the start to dominate the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
He raced past Mr. Hamilton on pole and led into the 1st corner before stretching away to win by more than 20 secs around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
Also, Mr. Bottas picked up the inaugural bonus point for setting the fastest lap driving with precision and determination Sunday to score his 4th Grand Prix victory.
“I don’t know what just happened. The start was really good, it was definitely my best race ever,” Mr. Bottas told reporters after the race.
“I just felt so good and everything was under control. The car was so good today so truly enjoyable, I need to enjoy today.”
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen came 3rd in his new Honda powered racer.
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) were off the pace, with Messrs Vettel and Leclerc taking 4th and 5th place.
The Ferraris were touted as the fastest cars on the F1 circuit when Sebastian Vettel arrived with the intention of winning his 3rd Australian Grand Prix running.
That would have equaled Michael Schumacher’s mark in Melbourne. The Scuderia conceding a 57-sec margin to race winner Bottas.
“I guess we were just slow,” Mr. Vettel said. “I was struggling with the tires, but even ignoring the lap I pitted, it looks like everyone else was having way less problems than l was.”
At 1 point in the race, Mr. Vettel even asked the team crew over the radio why the cars were not quicker.
Also, concerning for Ferrari was the 35-sec gap to Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen, who overtook Mr. Vettel on the outside and finished
Charles Leclerc, 21 anni, drove his 1st GP for Ferrari finishing 5th, his best result ever in F1.
Here is the entire race if you missed it.
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