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Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. The battle begins


    First blood to Sebastian Vettel but there's a long way to go yet with Bahrain next up in two weeks' time.

    That's it from us. I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's race report and see you later!

  2. Get involved #bbcf1

    Taiwo Hollist: Luck is an integral part of #F1 but You have to be ready take your chances when they cone so for that reason say a deserved win

    Paul Cole: Vettel came first but he did not win the race. There is something wrong with the rules if you can gain places during a VSC. If this is not changed I suspect every VSC will see the race simply driving through the pits!

  3. Post update

    This one probably won't feature in many memorable Australian Grand Prix votes but one that did was Nigel Mansell's dramatic tyre blowout in 1986, which ended his title hopes.

    BBC Sport readers voted for that as their most memorable Australian GP moment.

    Mansell in Adelaide 1986
  4. Post update


    That was Sebastian Vettel's third Australian Grand Prix, putting him level with Jenson Button.

    Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, has only won it twice, despite being on pole seven times. That's a pretty poor conversion rate.

  5. What happened in the race?

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Melbourne


    Lewis Hamilton lost victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to Sebastian Vettel because of bad luck with a caution period.

    The Mercedes driver was in control of the race until Romain Grosjean's Haas stopped on track and officials imposed a virtual safety-car, which restricts the pace of the cars on track.

    The world champion had already made his pit stop but Vettel had yet to make his - and Ferrari pounced on the opportunity.

    A pit stop made under the virtual safety car costs less time than one made when the cars are at full speed and the time gain of stopping while Hamilton was restricted on track allowed Vettel to rejoin the race just ahead of the Mercedes.

    Read Andrew's full race report here.

  6. Post update

    Just waking up? Here's a summary of what happened in today's race courtesy of our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson...

  7. The wait continues

    Daniel Ricciardo was so close to that elusive Australian GP podium but in the end fell just short.

    It means Australia is still waiting for a native winner of the race in 34 years.

    "I was always going to leave here happy today just to race, just to get that first one over," Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

    "It is a tight track, it is tricky to overtake. We are very close to Ferraris' pace. We were one of if not the quickest car on the track today. The race pace is good.

    "It was close today, I could even see Lewis at the end. I could touch it, I did everything I could but in the end it would have been nice to start further up the front."

  8. 'Red Bulls the next target'

    Fernando Alonso, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a great work by the team. Both cars in the points and a good starting point.

    "It is going to get better and better. There is still a lot of potential in the car to unlock and hopefully from Bahrain we will see another step forward and Red Bull will be the next target."

  9. All smiles


    Good times on their way? Fifth for Fernando Alonso was his best finish since the 2016 United States GP, when he also finished fifth.

  10. 'A bit strange'

    Here's what Romain Grosjean had to say: "I had great pace today. I am sure I could have stayed a bit more with the front runners. We will analyse everything and come back stronger as we always do.

    "We didn't have any problem in winter testing so it was a bit strange."

  11. 'Heartbreaking'

    Kevin Magnussen has just been speaking to Sky Sports about that strange incident where it appeared one of the wheels were not fitted properly on his Haas: "A very tough one to swallow for the whole team with both cars not finishing in such good positions.

    "It is so heartbreaking to finish like that but we will get on top again and fight back."

    Kevin Magnussen
  12. Ton up


    Sebastian Vettel joins Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost in being the only drivers with 100 podiums.

    This was also his 48th win in Formula 1, moving him to within three wins of Prost's career total.

  13. Listen to the moment of Vettel's victory

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    Video caption: Sebastian Vettel wins his second successive Australian Grand Prix.
  14. Get involved #bbcf1

    Martins Oyekanmi: Hamilton made some error turns but not neglecting the fact that Vettel wants it more.

    Ben Wire: Ah. I see Vettel has wiped that smile right back onto his face. Lewis is a great driver but I wish he'd just let the driving do the talking. First blood Vettel, then

    David NicholsonHurst: Let's face it, Hamilton was faster than anyone out there, unless Ferrari improve it won't be like this next race

  15. Post update

    A pretty accurate summary of how the drivers probably feel about their races...

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  16. 'I had decent speed all race'

    Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third: "It was OK, I didn't have the most luck. Luckily it was Seb who had the most luck. I think I had decent speed all race."

  17. 'Today they did the better job'

    Lewis Hamilton, who finished second: "It has been an incredible weekend, honestly. Big congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. Today they did the better job, we go back to the drawing board. But we still have great pace.

    "This is an awesome circuit but it is so hard to overtake. At the end it was live to fight another day, save the engine."

    Lewis Hamilton
  18. 'We got a bit lucky'

    Race winner : "We got a bit lucky with the safety car but I really enjoyed it.

    "My start I was hoping to be better so I had to settle for third. I lost a bit of the connection to Lewis and Kimi at the start, I was struggling with my tyres and was praying for a safety car.

    "We got a bit lucky but we'll take it. We're not yet where we want to be but it gives us a good start and fresh motivation for the coming weeks."

    Sebastian Vettel