Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins controversial Australian Grand Prix


Mercedes threw away victory at the Australian Grand Prix with a massive miscalculation that handed Sebastian Vettel the win.

Melbourne, March 25: Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling duel with world champion Lewis Hamilton to steal the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.
The four-time world champion got the jump on the Mercedes ace off a miscalculation on the pit stop under Virtual Safety Car conditions and held off Hamilton for his second straight win in Melbourne and third overall.
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen held off Australian Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo to take third and join Vettel on the podium.
“Nice one, nice one altogether,” Vettel said jubilantly over team radio.
“We`re getting there. We still have some work to do, but we`re getting there.”
It was Vettel`s 48th win in his 200th GP and follows his earlier wins in Melbourne in 2011 for Red Bull and last year for Ferrari.
Hamilton, starting off the pole, got out his car and looked a bit bewildered as he removed his helmet, wondering how exactly that race got away from him.
Vettel pitted for a new set of softs and emerged from the pits ahead of Hamilton, gaining around 10 seconds thanks to the deployment of the Virtual Safety Car (VSC). (AFP)