Australian Grand Prix 2018: Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton as Ferrari lay down marker in the season opener

LEWIS HAMILTON was made to eat his phrases after Sebastian Vettel gained the Australian GP.

Hamilton taunted Vettel after qualifying, saying that he needed to "wipe the smile off his face" with a dominant efficiency on the Saturday.

 Sebastian Vettel celebrates 48th victory of his career, after finishing first in Melbourne

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Sebastian Vettel celebrates forty eighth victory of his profession, after ending first in Melbourne
 Sebastian Vettel finishes ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Australian Gran Prix

Sebastian Vettel finishes forward of Lewis Hamilton in Australian Gran Prix

Vettel responded by telling him to take pleasure in his night as he'd be the one partying on Sunday after the race.

However neither of them might in all probability consider the flip of occasions which decisively swapped the two drivers round on lap 26 of this race.

With Hamilton main and searching snug, a double retirement inside two laps from American workforce Haas, owing to 2 bungled pitstops, noticed the deployment of the digital security automotive.

The security measure limits a driver's velocity whereas marshals tried to recuperate Romain Grosjean's automotive, but Vettel was capable of capitalise and made a pitstop.

 Romain Grosjean leaves his car after crashing in Melbourne

Romain Grosjean leaves his automotive after crashing in Melbourne
 Sebastian Vettel crosses the finish line just ahead of Lewis Hamiltoin in Melbourne

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Sebastian Vettel crosses the end line simply forward of Lewis Hamiltoin in Melbourne

Mercedes have been left snoozing and there have been no directions to Hamilton to hurry up and Vettel emerged from his cease in the lead.

Hamilton, who had already stopped for recent tyres, was surprised at being leapfrogged by the strategic name by the Italian staff and was left in a panic.

He shouted over his radio: "What simply occurred, guys? Why did you not inform me Vettel was in the pits?

"Was that my mistake? Was I purported to go faster by means of the security automotive? What went flawed?"

His workforce replied and stated "We thought we have been protected, there’s clearly one thing mistaken" — possible which means their calculations have been mistaken.

It put Hamilton in a troublesome place as he tried to stay in touching distance of Vettel but in addition travelling in the turbulent air which compromised his efficiency.

He mounted a late problem on lap forty seven, asking his group: "Can I push but. I understand how a lot you need it…I’m going for it."

 Top three Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel celebrate on podium

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Prime three Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel have fun on podium
 Lewis Hamilton was leading until lap 26, when safety car was deployed

Lewis Hamilton was main till lap 26, when security automotive was deployed

However he then made an enormous mistake as a rush of blood to the head meant dropped even additional again and a couple of.7 seconds behind Vettel.

And after that, he by no means got here shut as he gave up the battle on the final lap, nonetheless rueing his workforce's failure to identify the undercut throughout the VSC interval.

Kimi Raikkonen was third whereas Pink Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth after beginning the race in eighth.

Fernando Alonso was fifth in an encouraging day for McLaren whereas Max Verstappen was sixth.

This Vettel's one hundredth podium and his forty eighth win, however he admitted he had been fairly lucky.

 Fans watch in Melbourne as Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning season opener

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Followers watch in Melbourne as Sebastian Vettel celebrates profitable season opener
 Lewis Hamilton is clearly disappointed at finishing behind rival Sebastian Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton is clearly disenchanted at ending behind rival Sebastian Vettel

He stated: "It was fairly good. We received a little bit of luck with the security automotive however actually loved it. We have been slightly bit fortunate, Lewis had an incredible lap yesterday and did an ideal lap.”

"However we aren’t precisely there but with the automotive, however it provides us a superb begin and recent motivation for the subsequent few weeks."

Hamilton, in the meantime was magnanimous in defeat, including: "It was an unimaginable weekend and congrats to Sebastian and Ferrari.

“They did a greater job and we’ve to return to the drawing-board and work on it, however we’ve got nice tempo.

"That is an superior circuit however it’s onerous to overhaul and in the finish we determined to  struggle one other day and save the engine and attempt to get the factors elsewhere."

Racing legend Lewis Hamilton rides round on a Scooter to please of followers forward of Formula 1 opener in Melbourne, Australia

LEWIS HAMILTON was made to eat his phrases after Sebastian Vettel gained the Australian GP.