Ferrari's Win In F1 Australian GP Paints Clear Picture Of 2017 Championship

Sebastian Vettel won his 43rd career Formula 1 Grand Prix Sunday, taking victory in the season opener in Australia.

The outcome raised hopes of a genuine title tussle between the two dominant Formula One drivers of the past decade.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 led Sebastian Vettel driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H at the start of the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton then went on to explain in further detail why he was happy to be in contention with Sebastian Vettel, while he also confessed that he wished Fernando Alonso, who is widely regarded as one of the best drivers now in the sport, but has been waylaid by the Ferrari and McLaren cars he's been in over the years, was right up there with the two of them, too. Racing against Ferrari is exciting for the fans and a new challenge for us,"Wolff added". Though analysts reckon the prancing red horse are a legitimate threat to win the title this year, Mercedes believe they have the vehicle, the technology, the knowhow and the driver to win their fifth consecutive constructors' championship. I am very grateful that I am able to have that fight with him.

"We have been very fortunate in the last three years that we won most of the race". It's great to see Ferrari there.

After a raft of regulation changes over the winter, Ferrari impressed in pre-season testing as Vettel and Raikkonen both peppered the top of the leaderboard. At the start, Lewis Hamilton led and looked solid, edging ahead, gaining here, losing there. "And if the roles were reversed and he was ahead he probably would have pulled away".

"Right now it looks like we have equal machinery", Vettel said.

"It's good to hit some lows and go through hard periods even though it pretty much sucks", said Vettel as he reflected on the turmoil of last season. "I hope it turns out that way and we will see how it turns out but it's obviously a lot of fun to race for victories against the best". He saw no reason to change his mind after Melbourne, saying that the increased turbulence from the auto in front makes overtaking more hard.

It could be argued that it is just what the sport needed after three consecutive years of Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg - the reigning champion who watched Sunday's race unfold from his lounge in Monaco. Only Britain's Jenson Button, in 2009, and Germany's Rosberg last season interrupted their success.

  • Julie Sanders