Ferrari starts the 2018 Formula 1 Championship with a double podium and a victory for Sebastian Vettel.

Saturday

To be honest, it was a bit depressing when qualifying wrapped up. Lewis Hamilton just took pole by more than half a second, which is a lot in Formula 1. It seemed Mercedes would just control the race from the front and add yet another victory to their trophy room. Of course anything can happen in a race, as we found out soon enough.

2018 Australian GP

Sunday

The start was clean and the top 3 didn’t change, Kimi in P2 tried to find a gap but soon settled behind the leading Mercedes. The first and only pit stop of the race was going to prove critical for the podium finish. Kimi came in first, attempting an undercut and Hamilton quickly reacted in the next lap. Meanwhile Vettel stayed out longer, knowing Melbourne is a tricky circuit and crashes happen every year.

The deciding moment came in a freak incident involving both Haas cars (who deserve a special mention for their incredible pace in Practice and Qualifying, a massive improvement over the 2017 season). Magnussen stopped at Turn 4 after his stop, and Grosjean did the same in turn 2. The team has explained a problem with the wheel nuts prevented the wheels from being properly tightened and making it impossible to drive any further. A heartbreaking moment for the hardworking team.

2018 Australian GP

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