Daniel Ricciardo was slapped with a grid penalty, missed the start because of a mechanical problem and retired halfway through the Australian Grand Prix as his season-opening Formula One race unfolded in the worst possible way on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over the Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's 2015 victory in Singapore.
Something that surprised Lewis Hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the Albert Park circuit and equaled Ayrton Senna's record of six pole positions at the Australian Grand Prix was that his time wasn't even quicker.
Lewis Hamilton delivered the faster speeds that the rule changes had promised in Formula One, going under the racing lap record in the second practice session Friday for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
New regulations mean the cars should be faster and the competition more intense, yet most expectations at the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix are for Lewis Hamilton to win another title for Mercedes.