Lewis Hamilton had actually remained in lead and remained in control throughout much of the race in Melbourne.
When the virtual security cars and trucks came on due to Romain Grosjean stopping on the track, the Ferrari chauffeur was able to take benefit with a pit stop, which takes less time than one carried out at complete speed.
We’re not yet where we wish to be however it provides us an excellent start and fresh inspiration for the coming weeks.
That allowed Vettel to surpass Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen and take the lead which he kept to win the very first race of the brand-new season.
Hamilton, safeguarding world champ, ended up second for Mercedes with Vettel’s team-mate Raikkonen can be found in 3rd.
Later on Vettel, who was runner-up to Hamilton in 2015’s motorists’ champion, yielded that luck had actually played a part in his triumph.
He stated: “We got a bit fortunate with the security automobile however I truly enjoyed it.
” My start I was wanting to be much better so I needed to opt for 3rd. I lost a little the connection to Lewis and Kimi at the start, I was battling with my tires and was wishing a security vehicle.
” We got a bit fortunate however we’ll take it. We’re not yet where we wish to be however it provides us a great start and fresh inspiration for the coming weeks.”
It was a blow for Hamilton who had actually remained in control prior to the security vehicle intervention, having actually developed a 3.3 2nd lead over Raikkonen.
He praised the Ferrari group, including: “This is an incredible circuit however it is so difficult to surpass. At the end it was live to combat another day, conserve the engine.”