Sebastian Vettel soundly defeated Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix to kick off Formula 1's new era with a superb victory for Ferrari. After shadowing polesitter Hamilton throughout the race’s opening stages, Vettel came out ahead of Hamilton at the first round of stops. From there the German never looked back, taking the checkered flag almost 10 seconds clear to clinch Ferrari’s first win since Singapore 2015, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen fourth.
Lewis Hamilton won pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, after close a tense qualifying battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton, putting his superior Aldo Costa designed car to maximum use on his final run, won pole position with a 1m22.188s lap. Bottas briefly held top stop before Hamilton's flyer, with Vettel then splitting the Mercedes by posting the second fastest time on his final run.
2017 F1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix Marks A New Era
This weekend Rolex celebrates its fifth consecutive year as F1 Event Title Partner of the opening race of the FIA Formula One World Championship season, the 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX. A Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1 since 2013, Rolex’s commitment to the pinnacle of motor sport exemplifies the brand’s ongoing quest for excellence and for pushing the boundaries of human and technical performance.
"It's the dawn of a new era -- in more ways than one. This is the first time that Formula One has changed the rules to make the cars faster. We have new management looking at how we take the sport forward. And, in our team, we have seen some significant changes of personnel over the winter. It's been a busy few months, no doubt. But an extremely exciting time, too." Toto Wolff
Can the American squad beats its Freshman Year performance?
Last year's Australian Grand Prix saw the debut of Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The first American Formula One team in 30 years made quite the impression, with driver Romain Grosjean finishing sixth in the season-opening race. It was the best debut for any Formula One team since 2002 when Mika Salo finished sixth for Toyota, also at the Australian Grand Prix.Grosjean took the eight points earned that day on the 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne on its debut. Now the American squad returns to Melbourne for the 33rd Australian Grand Prix March 26 to begin its sophomore season with a new set of circumstances.
On the eve of the first day of pre-season testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed its 2017 challenger, the STR12. Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz unveiled the car, featuring a stunning new livery, in the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit pit lane this evening.
The Haas F1 Team's 2017 challenger in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the VF-17, made its official debut today via the organization's social media platforms and website. It hits the track Monday for the first day of preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona -- Catalunya sporting a dark grey and red livery. Haas' new design has also adopted a 'shark fin' and 'thumb nose', as per most rival teams.
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