Racing Questions

By Harry Schofield

Valtteri Bottas won the sensational Formula 1 Rolex Grand Prix in Australia this morning.

With a fantastic start he took the lead from his team mate Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap.

Lewis did not have an answer for Valtteri’s pace, Lewis finishing second almost 21 seconds behind Bottas.

There was no obvious signs of issues with Lewis’s car but Lewis did have an early pit stop which hampered his race, this in turn lost him the chance to fight back as Valteteri was on fresher tyres at the late point in the race because of his later stop than Hamilton.

A full debrief will explain the strategy that ultimately cost Lewis the race.  

Max Verstappen in his Honda powered Redbull took a fantastic podium in 3rd place the first Podium position for a Honda Powered formula 1 car in 11 years.

Honda will continue to develop going into the season and there is a real chance that they will be fighting for the constructors championship.

Mercedes cearly had the pace, with toping the time sheets in all of the practice sessions, pole and now the race win, Mercedes power is clearly the power unit to go but with Honda coming on strong, the fight will be an exciting one between the manufactures.

Its clear that Ferrari have not showed the pace they did in pre season testing, with the paddock  predicting a Ferrari win over testing pace, Australia has been a wake up call for the team.

Mercedes have a clear advantage in power and drivability from the engines, Vettel and Leclerc although respectable positions in 4th and 5th, people want more from the Italian team and now.    

With 2 weeks till the next race in Bahrain, Ferrari will need to up there game as Mercedes will run away with the championship.

Formula 1 needs excitement not domination by 1 team and already it looks a familiar story in 2019.

Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Race Results:

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 20.886s

3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22.520s

4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56.417s

5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 58.878s

6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 86.636s

7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 LAP

8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP

9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 LAP

10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 LAP

11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1 LAP

12 Lando Norris McLaren 1 LAP

13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 LAP

14 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1 LAP

15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP

16 George Russell Williams 2 LAPS

17 Robert Kubica Williams 3 LAPS

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