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The 2017 Australian Grand Prix (officially the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)[1] was the first race of the 2017 Formula One season, the 33rd time the Australian Grand Prix was held on the Formula One calendar, and the 22nd time it was held at the Albert Park Circuit. It was held between 24 March and 26 March 2017. Nico Rosberg was the defending winner, though he did not compete due to his retirement.[2][3]

Lewis Hamilton took pole position, beating Sebastian Vettel's pole position time from 2011, and matching Ayrton Senna's six poles at the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel joined him on the front row. Hamilton kept the lead going into the corner, but after he got stuck behind Max Verstappen following his pit stop, Vettel took the effective lead and carried on to take his forty-third career victory, also his and Ferrari's first win since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton came home in second, and his teammate Valtteri Bottas completed the podium in his first race for Mercedes.

BackgroundEdit

After he won his first championship at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One on 2 December 2016, which marked the first time a reigning champion would not take part since Alain Prost in 1994.[3] With just one seat left available, Mercedes brought Valtteri Bottas to the team to partner Lewis Hamilton,[4] therefore leaving Williams with the opportunity to invite Felipe Massa back and partner Lance Stroll,[4][5] while Stoffel Vandoorne, who replaced Jenson Button at McLaren, started his first full season after he competed at the previous year's Bahrain Grand Prix to fill in for Fernando Alonso at the time.[6]

With the conclusion of pre-season testing on the 10th March, both Mercedes and Ferrari were believed to have emerged from the test as the title favourites.[7][8]

Lewis Hamilton was guarded about his team's chances. Ahead of the race, he commented "Time will tell but I think in testing, it looks like Ferrari are favourite. They were the quickest in testing, we couldn't match their times. So it will be interesting to see where we have come from testing and what we have learnt, and how we apply it and where we really do stand." Mercedes had once again proved to be the most reliable in testing; their cars completed an immense 1096 laps throughout the course of the eight days at Barcelona. Nonetheless, they remained wary of a threat from Ferrari who looked incredibly quick over the closing days of testing.

Ferrari remained guarded about the chances heading into the new season. The team had previously been hyped by the media heading into the 2016 season, only to provide a very minimal challenge to the dominant Mercedes cars. A reserved Sebastian Vettel would comment "it's been a big task to get this car together, big challenge, obviously the regulations changed a lot. If you win races, you can start to talk about a championship, but not before. I am not a genius but I don't think it takes a genius to know that March, April, May, and the first two thirds of the championship you don't really think of a championship, you just try to win races and see where it takes you."

Red Bull were looking guarded ahead of the first race in Melbourne. Their new RB13 did not appear to have the same design complexity of their leading rivals, the Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ and the Ferrari SF70H. The paddock was expecting the team to bring new aerodynamic upgrades for the first race in order to match their championship rivals at Mercedes and Ferrari. Australia's home talent, Daniel Ricciardo would comment "I don't believe we executed a perfect day in testing, and we've also got new parts, so those two combinations will make us faster, will it make us as fast as Ferrari and Mercedes, it would be a good effort if we got up to them already by this race, but I don't we are a million miles off."

Driver tyre choices
Team Driver Pirelli ultrasoft symbol Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol Driver Pirelli ultrasoft symbol Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol
Mercedes Hamilton 7 4 2 Bottas 7 4 2
Red Bull Ricciardo 7 4 2 Verstappen 7 4 2
Ferrari Vettel 7 4 2 Räikkönen 7 4 2
Force India Pérez 7 4 2 Ocon 7 4 2
Williams Massa 7 4 2 Stroll 7 4 2
McLaren Alonso 7 4 2 Vandoorne 7 4 2
Renault Hülkenberg 7 4 2 Palmer 7 4 2
Toro Rosso Kvyat 7 4 2 Sainz 7 4 2
Haas Grosjean 7 4 2 Magnussen 7 4 2
Sauber Ericsson 7 4 2 Giovinazzi 7 4 2

For the race, Pirelli confirmed ultrasoft tyres to have their first use in the 2017 season and the Australian Grand Prix, plus the supersoft and soft tyres. Because the usual selection deadlines occurred before the tyres designed for 2017 had been used in pre-season testing, Pirelli ruled that all drivers must use seven sets of ultrasoft tyres, four sets of supersofts, and two sets of softs each.[9]

Red Bull felt confident that they might not be in a fight for the title, feeling that Mercedes would once again win the season.[10] Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz, Jr. felt confident that Toro Rosso could become one of the fastest teams in the midfield.[11] Despite having several engine woes in pre-season testing, Renault had enough time to fix the engines in time for the Australian Grand Prix.[12] Although Honda stated they were "heading in the right direction" with their power units for McLaren, Fernando Alonso felt prepared for another struggling weekend,[13] while new Force India driver Esteban Ocon revealed his goal to finish in the points at every race.[14]

In technical updates, Mercedes and Toro Rosso rose their suspensions' heights with an extension located on the upright in order to make the airflow better.[15]

Because of the technical regulation changes for 2017,[16] the circuit had to be checked for modifications in order to improve safety.[17] The tyre barriers were reprofiled, and Techpro barriers were added at the run-off areas.[18]

On 25 March, Pascal Wehrlein, who moved from Manor to Sauber, announced that he would not compete in the race because his fitness level was not ready for a complete race distance, thus Sauber announced that Antonio Giovinazzi would compete in the third practice session, qualifying and race.[19]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF70H Ferrari 062 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF70H Ferrari 062 P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
31 France Esteban Ocon India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H P
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.17 Renault R.E.17 P
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.17 Renault R.E.17 P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR12 Renault R.E.17 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR12 Renault R.E.17 P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-17 Ferrari 062 P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-17 Ferrari 062 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 P
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 P
Free Practice 1 and 2 only
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

Ahead of the session, the track temperature sat at 27 with an air temperature of 21. Grosjean is the first car onto the track, being followed onto the track by Vettel, Magnussen, Ericsson, Massa, Hulkenberg and Hamilton. All of the drivers dive into the pits after their installation lap, Ericsson however stays on track for one extra lap. After eight minutes all the cars have completed their installation laps.

Hamilton notifies his team over the radio that he wants to change his boots. He exits the car to put on his new racing boots. At McLaren, Vandoorne has an aero rake on the side of his car. The team still making up for lost time, after a dismal pre-season testing.

The circuit goes quiet for 15 minutes, Stroll becomes the first driver to break the silence, he then was followed onto the circuit by Ericsson's Sauber. Stroll on the super-softs becomes the first driver to set a timed lap of the weekend. Joining Stroll and Ericsson on track were Massa, Wehrlein and Ricciardo.

Ricciardo is warned that Red Bull's GPS data is intermittent, however he still goes on to set the fastest time of the session. The Red Bull sporting an updated front wing and bargeboards for the weekend. Ricciardo's time at the top is short lived, Hamilton in the Mercedes quickly sets the new fastest time with a 1:26.478. Perez's Force India and the second Mercedes of Bottas then set times for second and third fastest.

Pace setter, Hamilton, can be seen exploring the limits, he runs wide into turn eleven and then misses the apex for turn twelve. Ricciardo, also can be seen having a wild moment, whilst being stuck behind Stroll, he ran wide and onto the grass at turn one. Raikkonen goes fourth fastest on the soft tyres, the Ferrari driver is predictably slower than Hamilton, Ricciardo and Bottas who have all ran on the super softs.

Alonso is setting laps for McLaren, the team as was expected were down on performance, however were hoping for improved reliability. His teammate, Vandoorne, remains in the garage, alongside the cars of Ocon and Verstappen. Ocon was the single car not to have set an installation lap. Verstappen, meanwhile entered the track, however immediately reported "I keep losing synch of the gears" over the radio. Verstappen's troubles meant his first time was good enough for only thirteenth. Bottas meanwhile went on to take the fastest time.

Nearly 40 minutes into the session, and Ocon, who had been grounded in the pits with a brake problem had finally completed his installation lap. The session meanwhile enters another quiet period, before the silence is broken once again by Stroll, also being joined by Verstappen on the track. The two cars both set out on the super softs.

Vandoorne enters the track, where he would go on to set his first flying lap of the afternoon. Stroll moves into the top ten whilst Verstappen demonstrates improved pace, first going sixth fastest before moving up to the fourth fastest time. Vandoorne's first time is nearly six seconds off the leading pace.

Ricciardo in the Red Bull takes the fastest time of the session, however his time at the top is short lived. Bottas in the Mercedes becomes the first driver to run the ultra-softs and takes the fastest time with a 1:24.803. Interestingly, he manages to go only a tenth faster than Ricciardo's best time on the super softs. Bottas's best time is then smashed by teammate Hamilton, whom also running on the ultra softs goes fastest with a 1:24.220. "If Bottas is that far off at the end of the session, then he will be asking some serious questions" noted Paul di Resta.

An hour into the session, Hamilton led Bottas, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Massa, Perez, Stroll, Kvyat and Alonso. Interestingly, the Ferrari of Vettel was sitting down in thirteenth, having barely completed any running. Raikkonen likewise had not completed many laps, the Ferrari's taking a conservative approach to the first practice session. According to Ted Kravitz, the team not wanting to "waste engine mileage on a dusty circuit that is only going to change."

Hamilton continued to circulate well on the ultra-softs, Bottas meanwhile ran wide and through the gravel at turn 12. The Toro Rosso's appear to be struggling, Kvyat demonstrating visible handling problems throughout the circuit. Towards the end of the session, the Ferrari's of Vettel and Raikkonen finally enter the circuit. Vettel's first true run puts him sixth, right behind teammate Raikkonen. Hulkenberg breaks into the top ten for Renault.

Hamilton returns to the track, completing a practice start at the exit of the pit-lane. Hamilton continuing to lap on the ultra softs, the Mercedes cars being the only team to enter the circuit with the ultra softs in the first practice. Hamilton goes on to complete ten laps in the session. In the final minutes of the session, Ericsson can be seen having a lock-up into turn ten, whilst Magnussen attempts to force his way past Perez on track to no avail.

FP2Edit

Marcus Ericsson could be seen in a very unusual position, performing stretches on the floor of the garage. "The last time I saw Marcus Ericsson do that was after a long night at the end of the season" joked David Croft. Alonso could be seen in intense conversation with his race engineer, at the Ferrari garage, Vettel chatted with Maurizio Arrivabene. Hulkenberg observed the computer monitors. "Red Bull and Ferrari traditionally find more time on the ultra-softs than Mercedes" noted Mark Hughes.

The two Haas cars of Grosjean and Magnussen became the first cars to enter the circuit, both on super softs. After Grosjean's initial installation lap, David Croft noted "Grosjean's crusing lap turned into something more attacking". His initial time was 1:26.912, his teammate Magnussen had meanwhile set a 1:27.307. Aside from the Haas cars, also circulating the circuit were Stroll, Kvyat, Ocon and Ricciardo.

The Haas drivers continued to encounter handling issues, Grosjean having a big lock up into turn one, running wide and touching the gravel, however he continued on without issue. David Croft would note "you know in testing I said the Haas is locking up a lot, and this morning the Haas was locking up". "It can't be a comfortable car to drive" replied Paul di Resta. Both Grosjean and Magnussen continuing to lock-up their tires. Magnussen getting the order over the team radio, "slow down and box, slow down and box!".

Ted Kravitz outlining that Alonso's, Vettel's and Verstappen's Red Bull were still unassembled. There was concern of a mechanical problem with Verstappen's car. Ted Kravitz later confirming that continued problems for the McLaren would prevent running for Alonso until late in the session.

Whilst Alonso remained grounded in the garage, Vandoorne in the second McLaren became the next car to enter the track. Vandoorne having entered the circuit set the third fastest time, behind Grosjean and Kvyat. Kvyat could meanwhile be seen running wide into the approach to turn one.

Ricciardo set a time to go second fastest, before Massa would push him down to third with the new fastest time. Kvyat would improve his time to go second fastest. Perez meanwhile has a big moment in turn three, however continues without too much of a compromise.

Hamilton's entrance onto the circuit saw him immediately go quickest with a 1:25.283, bettering the ultra-soft time of Grosjean on softs. It immediately underlined the pace of the Mercedes cars, Bottas, also on track became the new time leader, setting a 1:25.149 on the ultra soft tires.

"Worst handling car, the McLaren, really looked like Vandoorne was fighting it. Lance Stroll pushing the car hard, pushing th a little bit loose on it, a little bit out of control compared to his teammate, correcting his steering wheel at the moment but certainly not shy on the brake pedal and carrying good speed," noted Martin Brundle, observing proceedings from turn two. "The Mercedes is a little bit calmer and just releases beautifully through the middle and accelerates through the exit in a very calm way."

Raikkonen demonstrating the first signs of speed from Ferrari, taking the fastest time, he was soon bettered by his teammate Vettel. Stroll complaining over the radio that he was being blocked by Raikkonen's Ferrari. Raikkonen exclaiming surprise by stating "Stroll wasn't going slowly?!". His engineer responding with, "sorry my mistake, Kimi". Later commenting "he was boxxing that lap, so I'm not sure what was going on".

Hulkenberg sets the eighth fastest time with soft tires, whilst Ericsson has also moved into the top ten. The Haas. The initial time leaders were Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas, Sainz, Massa, Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Perez and Ericsson.

The red flag was then brought out when Palmer lost control of his Renault on the entry to the final corner. His car slammed into the barriers and rebounded back onto the track. Ted Kravitz noting "he looked dazed, confused and angry when he was discussing the accident with his data engineer, the first thing he did when he arrived in the garage was go straight to the computer". Kravitz further noting "he's smart enough to know that has compromised his entire race weekend".

The first cars back on track were Grosjean, Stroll and Verstappen. Verstappen's first lap time sees him go sixth fastest. Massa stopped his car at turn 10, complaining over that the radio that his car was "stuck in neutral". David Croft noting that "this will massively compromise anyone on a qualifying simulation." The Haas continued to look unstable, Grosjean locking up and running through the gravel in turn three.

Hamilton has a fast lap ruined by the yellow flags, his teammate, Bottas, however sets the fastest time with a 1:24.176 on the ultra soft compound tire. However, Hamilton, only on the super soft tire would impressively go even faster with a 1:23.620. Vettel meanwhile improved to second position on the super soft tire. "Someone in the crowd is smoking something very fragrant, from what I can tell" noted Martin Brundle from turn 11.

Alonso meanwhile had set his first lap time of the day, however it was only good enough for the sixteenth fastest time. Raikkonen looks unstable through the first two corners, however he would go on to set time good enough for fourth fastest on the ultra-softs.

The Red Bull's were also on track, Ricciardo moves into the fifth fastest position, whilst teammate Verstappen, runs wide at turn 12 and skirts over the gravel trap. He damaged the floor of his car and was forced to return to the pits for repairs. "Yep, went off there" Verstappen glumly noted over the team radio. He had left gravel littered over the track, Vandoorne's engineer could be heard telling his driver "there could be stones on track, stones on track!".

The driver's had now began their long-runs, Hamilton, the fastest car on track was now lapping at an expected race pace in the 1:27's. Meanwhile in the Mercedes pit garage, Managing Director of the Formula One Group, Ross Brawn, conversed with Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.

At this stage, Hamilton led Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Sainz, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Kvyat. Magnussen who had earlier been set-back by technical troubles had re-entered the circuit, however he dived back into the pits at the end of his out-lap. Raikkonen, operating on the ultra-soft's was running as the fastest car on the circuit, setting times in the 1:28's.

Kvyat is complains over the radio that his "front right tyre is looking quite ugly", however his team tell him to keep doing what he is doing. Verstappen meanwhile has changed out of his race overalls, his earlier damage to his car floor would keep him out of the remainder of the session.

Post-Session Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:28.695 20 1:26.608 17 1:26.699 15
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:24.886 3 1:24.650 5 1:25.092 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:25.464 6 1:24.167 2 1:23.380 1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:25.372 5 1:24.525 4 1:23.988 4
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:26.168 8 1:25.436 8 1:25.581 7
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.348 15 1:26.498 15 1:27.402 18
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:26.276 10 1:25.591 11 1:26.457 13
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:27.116 14 1:26.000 12 1:26.556 14
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:26.734 13 1:26.525 16 1:27.327 17
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:26.142 7 1:26.331 14 1:26.237 11
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:27.667 17 1:27.279 19 1:26.138 10
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 1:26.514 12 1:25.493 10 1:26.049 9
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 1:26.183 9 1:25.478 9 1:25.063 5
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 1:28.585 19 1:27.549 20 1:28.320 19
31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes 1:27.656 16 1:26.145 13 1:27.103 16
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:25.246 4 1:25.013 6 1:26.269 12
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari DNP DNP 1:28.583 20
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:24.220 1 1:23.620 1 1:23.870 3
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 1:26.450 11 1:25.084 7 1:25.948 8
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:24.803 2 1:24.176 3 1:23.859 2
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.539 18 1:26.919 18 DNP
Source: [20][21][22]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

"I wouldn't bet your house on Hamilton not being on pole, but the Ferrari's are looking quick indeed," noted Martin Brundle before.

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11:24.191 21:23.251 11:22.188 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 81:25.210 41:23.401 21:22.456 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 41:24.514 11:23.215 31:22.481 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 21:24.352 31:23.376 41:23.033 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 31:24.482 61:24.092 51:23.485 5
6 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 101:25.419 81:24.718 61:24.074 6
7 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 71:25.099 71:24.597 71:24.443 7
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 111:25.542 101:24.997 81:24.487 8
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 131:25.970 91:24.864 91:24.512 9
10 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 91:25.383 51:23.989 10no time 15*
11 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 61:25.064 111:25.081 10
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 51:24.975 121:25.091 11
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 121:25.872 131:25.425 12
14 31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes 141:26.009 141:25.568 13
15 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 151:26.236 151:26.465 14
16 36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 161:26.419 16
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 171:26.847 17
18 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 181:26.858 18
19 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 191:27.143 20*
20 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 201:28.244 19
107% time: 1:30.084
Source: [23]
  • * Ricciardo and Stroll were given five-place grid penalties for unscheduled gearbox changes.[24][25]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 2
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 2 3 ______________
Valtteri Bottas 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Max Verstappen 6
______________ Romain Grosjean
Row 4 7 ______________
Felipe Massa 8
______________ Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Row 5 9 ______________
Daniil Kvyat 10
______________ Sergio Pérez
Row 6 11 ______________
Nico Hülkenberg 12
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 7 13 ______________
Esteban Ocon 14
______________ Marcus Ericsson
Row 8 15 ______________
Daniel Ricciardo* 16
______________ Antonio Giovinazzi
Row 9 17 ______________
Kevin Magnussen 18
______________ Stoffel Vandoorne
Row 10 19 ______________
Jolyon Palmer 20
______________ Lance Stroll*

Source

  • * Ricciardo and Stroll were given five-place grid penalties for unscheduled gearbox changes.[24][25]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 57 1h 24m 11.672s 2 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 57 +9.975 1 18
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 57 +11.250 3 15
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 57 +22.393 4 12
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 57 +28.827 5 10
6 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 57 +1:23.386 7 8
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 10 6
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 57 +1 Lap 8 4
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 57 +1 Lap 9 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 13 1
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 56 +1 Lap 11
12 36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 55 +2 Laps 16
13 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 55 +2 Laps 18
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 50 Suspension 12
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 46 Suspension 17
Ret 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 40 Brakes 20
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 25 Fuel pressure 15
Ret 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 21 Hydraulics 14
Ret 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 15 Brakes 19
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 13 Water leak 6
DNS 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 Physical --
Source: [26]
  • * Ricciardo had to start from the pit lane after his car had a sensor issue on the way to the grid and was not ready in time for the formation lap.[27]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 25
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 18
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 15
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 12
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen 10
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 8
7 Mexico Sergio Pérez 6
8 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 4
9 Russia Daniil Kvyat 2
10 France Esteban Ocon 1
11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 0
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 0
13 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 0
Source:[28]
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 37
2 Germany Mercedes 33
3 Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 10
4 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 8
5 India Force India-Mercedes 7
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6
7 France Renault 0
8 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0
9 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 0
Source:[28]

NotesEdit

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  2. Esler, William (20 March 2016). "2016 Australian GP: Nico Rosberg wins after Ferrari strategy error". skysports.com. http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12515/10212726/aus-report. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2 December 2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38185846. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Felipe Massa to replace Valtteri Bottas for 2017 season". Williams Grand Prix Engineering. 16 January 2017. http://www.williamsf1.com/racing/news/felipe-massa-to-replace-valtteri-bottas-for-2017-season. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. "F1 Australian GP: Can Lance Stroll match these game changing F1 debuts?". 22 March 2017. http://www.crash.net/f1/feature/242960/1/can-lance-stroll-match-these-game-changing-debuts.html. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. Gibson, Sean (22 February 2017). "F1 2017: Race calendar and rule changes explained ahead of new season". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2016/12/13/f1-2017-race-calendar-rule-changes-explained-ahead-new-season/. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  7. "Hamilton: Ferrari a lot quicker than they're showing". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/hamilton--ferrari-a-lot-quicker-than-theyre-showing.html. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. "Mercedes: Testing proves rivals have caught up". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 20 March 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/3/f1-2017-mercedes-rivals-have-caught-up.html. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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V T E 2017 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers Vandoorne • 3 Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 18 Stroll • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 36 Giovinazzi • 39 Hartley • 40 di Resta • 44 Hamilton • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Calderon • Celis • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Kari • Matsushita • Russell • Turvey
Cars Ferrari SF70H • Force India VJM10 • Haas VF-17 • McLaren MCL32 • Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ • Red Bull RB13 • Renault R.S.17 • Sauber C36 • Toro Rosso STR12 • Williams FW40
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • China • Bahrain • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Azerbaijan • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Barcelona 1 • Barcelona 2
See also 2016 Formula One Season • 2018 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Australia Australian Grand Prix
Circuits Adelaide Street Circuit (1985–1995) • Albert Park Circuit (1996–present)
Albert Park
Races 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018
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