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Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has thanked the fans for standing by Ferrari during the team's lengthy win drought and says it's "about time" they won, following Sebastian Vettel's victory at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

It was the four-time world champion's first grand prix win since September 2015 and - in remarks that doubled as a slight on last year's title victor, his former team-mate Nico Rosberg - Hamilton welcomed a likely tussle for supremacy with Vettel.

It was also a major fillip for the fledgling season and the new generation of quicker cars after Ferrari's superior pre-season test times, as they chase their first world constructors' title since 2008.

In the process, Vettel's win secured a first race triumph for Ferrari since 2015, finishing ahead of Hamilton who had taken pole position in qualifying the day before.

Once Vettel got in front after the pit stops the result was never in doubt. Congratulations to Sebastian and Ferrari.

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene claims not getting Raikkonen onto the podium was disappointing and the team will not rest on their laurels after the long-awaited win. However, Lewis Hamilton insisted that because of the huge rule changes that were made to Formula 1 over the summer there were still plenty of positives to take from their second place finish.

Vettel, the four-time champion, was a worthy victor. We were always skeptical whether it was good enough, and we always tried to see the negatives in everything we did, and look at the worst-case scenario.

"We could have won the race, but for some certain things we may have done better".

Vettel proved too quick for Hamilton in Melbourne in a race that appeared to confirm that Ferrari are finally equipped to end the era of dominance enjoyed by Mercedes.

"It was an unexpected recovery to get him into the race, nobody gave up to get the vehicle out there", Horner said".

"It's really through strategy, through pit-stops, that we're racing right now".

"We were struggling with the grip from the get-go, Seb was able to always answer the laptime - and the majority of the time he would do faster laptimes". And then coming out behind Max who was doing his own race just lost us the race.

The decision to pit early came from Hamilton's initial complaints that his ultra-soft tyres were starting to lose grip.

  • Julie Sanders