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Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  

Setting the pace: Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on March 26, in a stunning win over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, in the season's first Formula One race. This was Vettel’s first win since the Singapore Grand Prix in September 2015. The German opened a 9.9 second gap to runner-up Hamilton, with Valteri Bottas, who joined the team after reigning champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, finishing third in his first race with Mercedes. “For all of us, it is a positive surprise,” Vettel said after the race, which has new rules and regulations this year. During pre-season testing in Barcelona, the new Ferrari car had seemed very fast, and the race-day “reward” has put Ferrari at the top of the championship standings after years. It was a dramatic race, with pole-sitter Hamilton pitting early, and unable to pass Dutch teenager Max Verstappen when he rejoined the track, thus allowing Vettel to race away to the top.


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