2018 Australian Grand Prix: F1 Race Results, Winner & Report

Sebastian Vettel - Lewis Hamilton - Kimi Raikkonen on the podium winners at Australian GP F1/2018

Event: Australian Grand Prix
Track: Albert Park Circuit

Weather: 23,9°C dry & sunny
Tarmac: 39,2°C dry
Humidity: 38,5%

Sebastian Vettel won the first grand prix of 2018 in Australia. It was his 48th F1 victory, podium no. 100 of his Formula 1 career and his 3rd win in Melbourne.

The Australian Grand Prix started without any incident. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lost his 4th place to Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in the first corner.

In the 5th lap Williams driver and rookie Sergey Sirotkin retired his car due to a brake problem in the FW41. Marcus Ericsson had to come back to the pit, because his Sauber lost it's power steering that was caused by an hydraulic problem and also retired.

Verstappen was chasing down Magnussen but overheated his rear tires on that and spun in the first corner of lap 10. This spin costed him 2 places. His team mate Daniel Riccardo who started on 8th place also passed him on that moment.

The Toro Rosso fitted with the Honda engine this year pitted in lap 15 with engine problems. Kimi Raikkonen was the first car that pitted just to get fresh tires. He got soft Pirelli tires on his Ferrari SF71H and resumed his race.

Lewis Hamilton pitted the next lap and also got soft tires on his Mercedes W09. Sebastian Vettel pitted in lap 26 and got back on the track in front of a surprised Lewis Hamilton. The British drivers asked on the radio: "What happend? Did I make a mistake?"

Vettel was lucky to be able to pit in a virtual safety car period that was triggered by the retired VF-18 Haas car of Romain Grosjean who had a lose front left wheel after his first pit stop. A lap before the Haas car of Kevin Magnussen retired with exactly the same problem after his pit stop. Both Haas drivers had done great and were driving in the top 6.

The virtual safety car period was changed in a normal safety car period and in lap 32 the safety car drove into the pit. All drivers now were racing again and British driver Hamilton was giving it all to try and pass the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. It was a chase down to the finish line and both drivers were flat out! Vettel was able to maintain the gap between Hamilton above the 1 sec DRS distance. It also helped that Hamilton made a small error in corner 9 and ended up next to the track.

Hamilton's had to stop his attack because his rear tires were overheating and was nursing the car to the finish. Vettel won the first race of 2018, just like he did last year.

Australian F1 GP Results
1st practice 2018 Australia
FP2 Lap 2018 Australia
3rd practice 2018 Australia
Qualifying 2018 Australia
Startgrid 2018 Australia

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F1 classification 2018 Australian GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari 01:29:33.283 58
3
25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:29:38.319 58
1
18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari 01:29:39.592 58
2
15
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull 01:29:40.352 58
8
12
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren 01:30:01.169 58
10
10
6 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:30:02.228 58
4
8
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
France Renault 01:30:05.954 58
7
6
8 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes 01:30:07.622 58
15
4
9 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom McLaren 01:30:08.204 58
11
2
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
France Renault 01:30:19.005 58
9
1
11 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
India Force India 01:30:20.100 58
12
0
12 31 France Esteban Ocon
India Force India 01:30:33.561 58
14
0
13 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Switzerland Sauber 01:30:49.042 58
18
0
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Williams 01:30:51.571 58
13
0
15 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Italy Toro Rosso 01:29:55.759 57
16
0
DNF 8 France Romain Grosjean
United States Haas Wheel nut 24
6
0
DNF 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas Wheel nut 22
5
0
DNF 10 France Pierre Gasly
Italy Toro Rosso Power unit 13
20
0
DNF 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Switzerland Sauber Hydraulics 5
9
0
DNF 35 Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin
United Kingdom Williams Brakes 4
19
0

Fastest lap:  1:25.945 min by Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB14) on lap 54 @222.128 km/h
Highest speed: 319,7 km/h by Nico Hulkenberg (Renault RS18)


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